ISLAMIC HERITAGE TOUR
Are you ready to see rare handicrafts from different corners of Islamic countries made throughout history including manuscripts, relics, glass objects, metal and ceramic objects, the best examples of wood handcraftsmanship, and the world’s largest collection of rugs and kilims at the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum?
The Topkapi Palace is the home of the Ottoman Sultans and the largest of many palaces in Istanbul with its humble but glorious structure, pleasant gardens and authentic location, several treasures, and rich archives. You will hear about the lives of many Sultans who lived here from your tourist guide when you visit the Palace to set you on a magical journey into history. The Topkapi Palace has a pavilion with a display of Holy Relics (Sacred Trusts) brought to Istanbul after Sultan Selim I, the Grim, (Yavuz Sultan Selim) conquered Egypt in 1517.
Our next stop will be the Eyüp Sultan Mosque which was commissioned to be built by Mehmet II, the Conqueror, in 1458. The mosque takes its name from Abu Ayyub Al Ansari, the first to convert to Islam and served as the flag bearer for the Prophet Muhammad, and whose tomb is located in the structure. The Eyüp Sultan Mosque has thousands of visitors every day who come here to pray and visit the site. Besides standing as a religiously and historically important site, the mosque complex also hosted coronation ceremonies and preparations for several wars..
The Rustem Pasha Mosque is a hidden gem built by master architect Sinan the Architect in 1561 on the orders of the famous Ottoman Grand Vizier Rüstem Pasha, originally a Croatian married to Mihrimah Sultan, daughter of legendary Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The mosque’s design is far from the subtlety of its peers and Sinan’s other works. The Rustem Pasha Mosque is famous worldwide for its exquisite Iznik tiles and its status in Ottoman architectural history. The richest tile collection of Turkey covers the walls of this magnificent mosque. The Rustem Pasha Mosque is located in Eminönü and 5 minutes walking distance from the ever busy Spice Market on the Golden Horn.