Magnificent Istanbul - Treasures of Ottoman Empire

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Magnificent Istanbul - Treasures of Ottoman Empire

Let us show you the magical architectural buildings which have respect for the environment and other religions as Süleymaniye Mosque, Blue Mosque and more...

Duration: 8 Hours
Live Guide: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic
Pick-up Services: Pick up is available from centrally located hotels.


  • Discover the most important sights of İstanbul from Magnificent Century of Ottomans.
  • Visit Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is housed in the former palace of İbrahim Paşa, the grand vizier to Süleyman the Magnificient.
  • Enjoy the georgeous colors of the flowers of the Yıldız Palace Gardens.

Full Description

     The masterpiece of Architect Sinan count as Süleymaniye Mosque which has a lot of myths on it. Has been built by the Sultan Suleyman to Sinan the architect on 1557. It has been taken 7 years to finish it. Due to Sinan worked detailed on this mosque it took 7 years to finish and neighborhood wonders about Ottoman Empire needs gold to finish it. The Iranian Shah Tahmasp sends a chest of valuable stones and jewels to Suleyman to help to finish the mosque. Then he gets angry with it and gives this chest to Sinan. When Sinan got the chest he breaks and crushes all the stones, jewels than adds to the grout of one minaret. In this period after the mosque finished this minaret was shining on sunrises and sunsets. This minaret called Cevahir Minaret. Due to Sinan's respect for other religions, he did not move the old architectural materials on filling. You can also see a baptism pool in Suleymaniye Mosque's garden. Just next to the mosque there are Tomb of Sultan Suleyman and one of his wife's Hürrem Sultan.
     A neighbor of St. Sophia, Blue Mosque which is famous with its blue Iznik tiles, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Except for Fridays, it can be visited except praying times. Hippodrome, even if on the present day we can see just a small piece of it, on the Byzantine period it has been used as a kind of arena for sports events and political activities. We also see some monuments from the Byzantine period as Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II. Turkish and Islamic Art Museum located just over the Hippodrome area was the residence of Ibrahim Pasha. He was one of the mighty viziers of the Ottoman Empire at the same time the groom of Sultan Suleyman. It has been also used as a prison for foreign ambassadors than later clothing factory. The building which is used the present day as a museum contains peerless Quran samples, marvelous carpet collection, and many beautiful Islam Art samples.
     When you reach to noon, to have a local lunch goes well. After lunch you can visit Yıldız Palace where has a beautiful Bosphorus view. This palace has been used as the 4th administration center of the Ottoman Empire after, Old Palace, Topkapı Palace, and Dolmabahçe Palace. It depends on the season you will enjoy and have lots of pictures with colorful flowers from Yıldız Palace. Then need some free time for a tea break at the Sale Kiosk, the residence of former Sultan at Ottoman Period."



  • Free pick up and drop off from/to city center hotels.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guiding services.
  • A/C transportation.
  • Refreshments.

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby.


Know Before You Go

  • Please check if pick-up is available for your hotel.

About your Host

Plan Tours

Plan Tours, licenced “A Group” by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, is a major tour operator in Türkiye, based in İstanbul since 1984. (licensee for City Sightseeing Worldwide and Gray Line Worldwide, official travel agency of Turkish Airlines, member of TÜRSAB – Association of Turkish Travel Agencies and ICVB – İstanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau)...
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Customer Reviews

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Tara - January 15, 2019

After i read lots of things about the Suleymaniye Mosque before come to Istanbul, to see it, magnificent. There is nothing to say. Have you ever heard a baptism pool in a garden of a church?

Irma - April 08, 2019

When i compare all the places that we visited, champion is Suleymaniye Mosque. A beautiful scenery and a impressive story of love.

Dominick - February 07, 2019

I like so much the ceramic works. Especially blue ones. I did not want to leave Blue Mosque.

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