Tour to Byzantium with Patriarchate visit

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Tour to Byzantium with Patriarchate visit

Take a trip back in time, to the days of Istanbul's Byzantine era. Visit the Byzantine city walls, the Kariye Museum, the Church of Panagia of Blachernae, Anemas Dungeons, Tekfur Palace and many other historic sites.

Duration: 3 Hours
Live Guide: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic
Pick-up Services: Pick up is available from centrally located hotels

Highlights

  • Walk through the Byzantine streets of Istanbul
  • Learn about the Empire that controlled the city for over 1,000 years

Full Description

Walk back into the history

Natural naval harbour of the Byzantines named as Golden Horn because of its hornlike shape and golden reflection of the glittering waves under sunshine when viewed from the hill tops.

Visit the Patriarchate at Fener which is the seat of Orthodox Christianity since Constantine The Great’ s declaration of Christianity as the religion of Roman Empire.

Church of Panagia of Blachernae, the best known and most celebrated shrine of the Holy Virgin famed with the “Hagiasma” (holy water) and the “Hagion Lousma” (sacred bath).

Anemas Dungeons (from outside) were part of the Blachernae Palace, unique in the world with its historical and architectural structure. It consists of 14 separate dungeons, each having 2 basements below sea-level with cells for the prisoners and two towers. It was used as a prison for high ranked statesmen.

Tekfur Palace (from outside) built in the 12th century adjacent to the city walls. The only surviving pavillion of the Blachernae Palace.

St. Savior in Chora (Kariye Museum), originally a Byzantine monastery with fantastic mosaics and frescoes portraying scenes from the bible, the life and miracles of Jesus.

Byzantine City Walls surrounded the acropolis of Byzantium with 22 kms. long fortification with 96 towers and 9 main gates dating back to the 5th century.

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Includes

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

Meeting point

Pick up is available from centrally located hotels

Location

Know Before You Go

  • This tour is guaranteed every Tuesday. Rest of the days require minimum of 6 people to depart the tour.
  • Chora (Kariye) Museum is closed on Wednesdays.

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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