A new era started when the Ottomans conquered Istanbul in 1453. The city that was the capital of the Byzantine Empire subsequently became the capital of the Ottoman Empire.
Built in 1460 by Mehmed II, the Conqueror, the Topkapi Palace was the residence of Ottoman Sultans and also served as the administrative headquarters of the Ottoman Empire for over 400 years. On this tour, you will be able to get to know up close the Topkapi Palace in its whole glory visiting its magnificent collections and enjoying the unique view of the Bosporus as well as the Golden Horn surrounding it.
The building serving as the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum today once was the private residence of Ibrahim Pasha, the Grand Vizier of Suleiman the Magnificent. Suleiman gave Pasha the palace, and still today it stands in all its glory as one of the most important civilian structures representing the architecture of the Ottomans from the 16th c. Here, you will find rich collections of manuscripts and calligraphy, carpets, rugs and kilims, a variety of objects made of different metals, glassware, ceramic, and wood, as well as unique collections of ethnography, coins, and seals.
Istanbul is amazing with its various architectural wonders such as the Süleymaniye Mosque located on top of the highest hill on the historical peninsula. The Süleymaniye Mosque is impressive with its dominating location looking over Istanbul and was built between the years 1550 and 1557 by Master Architect Sinan the Great for Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.
Our tour concludes with a visit to the colorful Grand Bazaar built on the orders of Sultan Mehmed II, the Conqueror, in 1461. Are you ready to discover the hidden treasures of the Grand Bazaar escorted by your tour guide and get lost in the labyrinth of its unique streets?