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The Christian History of Istanbul Private Half Day Morning Tour

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The Christian History of Istanbul Private Half Day Morning Tour

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  • Tour duration: 4h
  • Languages: English
  • Live Guide
  • Hotel Pick-up Service
  • Suitable for families, young and seniors
  • UNESCO site
  • Mobile Voucher Accepted

Why you should go

Take a half day morning tour and explore the Christian history of Istanbul, the capital of Orthodox Christianity.Visit the main point and trace of Christianity in Istanbul.

Highlights

  • Explore the Patriarchate at Fener, the heart of Orthodox Christianity
  • Visit the Church of Panagia of Blachernae, the best known and most celebrated shrine of the Holy Virgin
  • Discover and explore the Zoodochos Pege at Balıklı
  • Visit the St. Sergius & Bacchus, a landmark in Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture

What shall I see

The Patriarchate at Fener, by the Golden Horn, is the heart of Orthodox Christianity. After Constantine the Great' s declaration of Christianity as the religion of Roman Empire, the capital was moved from Rome to Byzantium. With the conquest (1453) of Ottoman Empire, the seat of Patriarchate remained in İstanbul.

Church of Panagia of Blachernae, the best known and most celebrated shrine of the Holy Virgin located near Golden Horn, famed with the hagiasma (fountain of holy water), good to cure health problems, and the Hagion Lousma (sacred bath) good to clean the soul where the emperor also came to purify himself.

Church of St. Mary Pammacaristos (Fethiye Mosque), built in the 11th century by John Comnenus, displaying the aesthetic refinement attained to Paleologan Age, originally belonged to a convent of nuns. Housed the Patriarchate for a while after the conquest. (from outside)

Zoodochos Pege at Balıklı, dedicated to the Mother of God at Pege, with an underground cistern, full of gold fishes related to a well-known miracle, and the fountain of holy water.

St. Sergius & Bacchus, a landmark in Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture. Today it is known as the "Little Hagia Sophia” because its general plan is a precursor of the Hagia Sophia. (from outside)

Price includes

  • Round trip transfers from/to central hotels
  • Private A/C transportation
  • English speaking professional private guide (other languages are available on request)
  • Museum entrance fees

Good to know

CLOSED:

  • Hagia Sophia on Monday
  • St. Savior in Chora on Wednesday
  • Church of St. Mary Pammacaristos on Wednesday

Pick-up service

  • Free Transfers from any Istanbul Hotel (only centrally located and accesable hotels
  • Some streets are narrow and it’s not possible to access them by busses and some hotels are far away from city center so they are not on our free shuttle route)
  • For those with hotel pick-up, please call 24 hours prior to your departure to reconfirm your tour and schedule your hotel pick-up
  • On the day of your tour, please be ready at least 10 minutes before your scheduled pick-up time
Istanbul Pickup Service: This tour offers pickup service from your accommodation. Please select the pickup point "Any Istanbul hotel" and write in the "Additional info" section on the "Checkout page" where is your exact accommodation. We will let you know the exact pickup time when you receive the booking confirmation.

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