Visit landmarks from Constantinople and learn about the rich Byzantine history from your guide. In a group limited to 16 people, make your way to the Hippodrome of Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia, and the ancient Basilica Cistern. Do not miss opportunities to snap memorable photos of the old city.
Head to the Hippodrome of Constantinople, once a social and sporting center. As you stroll along the path, learn about Istanbul’s rich Byzantine history and admire the limestone Column of Constantine, more than 98 feet (30 m) tall. Spot an Egyptian obelisk made of pink granite and the 16-foot (5-m) bronze Serpentine Column from Delphi.
Next, stop at the Hagia Sophia, a former church and mosque. Now a museum, it is a reminder of the fall of Constantinople as well as a painful 1,000-year history. Over the centuries emperors were crowned, holy relics from all over the world inspired awe, and priceless icons were ruined here.
As you walk across the worn flagstones of this magnificent building, feel its hundreds of years of history. The 4 minarets built during Ottoman rule serve as a reminder of the time when the Turks conquered Constantinople and created a new city. To this day, the Hagia Sophia remains at the heart of the Orthodox world.
Continue your walk to the Basilica Cistern, an underground reservoir completed in 532 to channel water from the Valencia aqueduct and restored in the 19th century. Admiring its columns, soak up the atmosphere while learning about the cistern’s history before drop-off at your hotel.
Guided tour of ancient monuments of legendary Constantinople
Hippodrome—social & sporting center of the Byzantine capital
Awe-inspiring tales & glorious interiors of the Hagia Sophia
Fascinating subterranean world & columns of Basilica Cistern
Limited group size of 16 people & intriguing commentary
Children 2 and younger are complimentary.
At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.
Maximum group size is 16 people.
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Istanbul hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.
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