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Dolmabahce Palace

A different look at the Ottomans – Guided Istanbul tours

The Palace of Dolmabahce, completed in 1856, is the third largest Ottoman palace in Istanbul. It is also the last one that the Sultans built. Located on and offering great views of the Bosphorus, this amazing palace is poles apart from the other Ottoman palace – Topkapi. It is a great place to offer a more modern yet historic view of Turkey. Dolmabahce Palace is simply beautiful. It is very European and grand. The palace can easily be your favourite destination in the guided Istanbul tours. Dolmabahce Palace can also be in your top list for Istanbul sightseeing and daily tours Istanbul.

During the six hundred years of Ottoman rule, the seat of the empire changed several times. Fist it was Bursa, then Edirne and later to Istanbul. The site of the imperial ‘palace’, centre of Ottoman government, changed also over the centuries in Istanbul itself. The construction of Dolmabahce Palace

Suleymaniye Mosque

Istanbul guided private tours – An architectural masterpiece built in just 7 years

Istanbul guided private tours will take you to this architectural masterpiece created by a genius architect and a forward-looking sultan – Mimar Sinan and Suleyman the Magnificent. It inspires with its simplicity, peacefulness and serenity. The fourth imperial mosque built in Istanbul. Not the largest of the Ottoman mosques, but certainly the grandest. The Suleymaniye Mosque is a miracle worth seeing with guided Istanbul tours.

Perched on one of the seven hills of Istanbul and dominating the Golden Horn; the Suleymaniye Mosque provides an amazing view of the entire city and becomes a favourite mosque guided istanbul tours.

The Suleymaniye Mosque was built between 1550 and 1557 by the most famous and talented of all imperial architects, Mimar Sinan. In its shape it is reminiscent of Hagia Sophia, that being an inspiration fo

Grand Bazaar

Daily Tours Istanbul – The first shopping mall of the world!?

That’s true. The Grand Bazaar is the first mall of the world. It is also like a living museum. Why a museum?! And why living?! Well, we can call it a museum because of its great 557 years of history. Not only that but all the visitors as well going to the Bazaar every day and all the shops that sell modern and traditional things. And that’s what makes it living – all its visitors. All these people, locals or tourists, all with their stories and worries. All of them looking for something – a specific herb or simply time spent great. The Grand Bazaar is the ideal place for shopping lovers and positive-emotion seekers. The Grand Bazaar is the perfect jewel for Istanbul. Make sure you join daily tours Istanbul or Istanbul old city tours. There your guide Ensar will teach you the not-so-easy job of bargaining istanbul guided private tours.

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Hippodrome

Istanbul old city tours – Sporting and social centre of two empires

In the square, in front of the Blue Mosque and on your Istanbul old city tours, one of the most famous areas in Byzantine Constantinople can be found, the Hippodrome. The ancient Hippodrome was originally a gathering place, sports area and the scene of chariot races. This is also the place that you have to visit in your private tours Istanbul.

The Hippodrome was the centre of Byzantium’s life for 1000 years and of Ottoman life for another 400.

The scene of countless political dramas during the long life of the city; the rival chariot teams of ‘Greens’ and ‘Blues’ had separate sectarian connections. Support for a team was akin to membership of a political party. And also a team victory had great effects on policy. A Byzantine emperor might lose his throne as the result of a post-match riot. You surely can’t see the Hippodrome if you don’t join Istanbul old

Spice Bazaar

Spice up your life!

Looking for a nice place to do some shopping in Istanbul and you’d rather visit it with local guide Istanbul private tours?! Or you might be looking for a colourful location in Istanbul?! The Spice Bazaar – a world of spices and smells is where you can enjoy these both. Misir Carsisi, the Spice Bazaar, is the second largest covered market after the Grand Bazaar. It has been a must-see destination in Istanbul for centuries. As such, it is included in daily tour Istanbul daily tour istanbul.

Yeni Camii complex

The Spice Bazaar was constructed in the 1660s as part of the Yeni Camii complex. It was built to provide rent for the upkeep of the nearby mosque, the Yeni Camii. It is located in Eminonu and began to be built during the time of Sultan Mehmet III. Sultan Mehmet IV’s mother, Hatice Turhan, ordered architect Mustafa Aga to complete the Spice Bazaar, which he achieved by 1663. The historic

Ortakoy

Ortakoy, the ‘middle village’ that housed different religions and nations

Daily tour Istanbul – Ortakoy (Middle Village) is just like its name. It was in the middle of all different religions and nations – Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox and other Christian ranking. Turks, Greeks, Armenians and Jews all lived there nicely and in harmony.

Nowadays it’s like a night-out place where you can find nice places with reasonable prices. For the daytime it is nice to have a Turkish coffee on one of the rooftop cafes with the breeze from the Bosphorus. Night time it is the place of baked potatoes, nice beer and a tequila shot in Raina – famous night club. So, whether you have your private tour of Istanbul daytime or in the evening, Ortakoy is always a nice stop to have. It might not be in tours Istanbul but you can always ask for Ortakoy istanbul old city tours.

Neo-Baroque style Ortakoy Mosque –

Istanbul Modern

Where beauty is born

Private tours and daily Istanbul tours will help you see Istanbul in a different light. Istanbul is not only history. It is also one of the most fertile places for artists. With its beautiful atmosphere, artists are able to create many things to express themselves. One of the places where you can see them inventing is Istanbul Modern – a big building.

The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art is Turkey’s first private museum to organise modern and contemporary art exhibitions. It was founded in 2004 and occupies an 8,000 square metre site on the shores of the Bosphorus. The number of private museums in Turkey has increased to 177 museums and they are all under the inspection of the Culture and Tourism Ministry daily istanbul tours.

Istanbul Modern embraces a global vision

Istanbul Modern embraces a global vision to collect, preserve, exhibit and document works of modern and contempora

Nisantasi

Daily Istanbul Tours – Encourage yourselves and be part of modern Istanbul

Ever wanted to mingle with the people of the day? Then Daily Istanbul Tours and Istanbul guided tours are for you. Or you might want to do some shopping in Turkey’s most expensive street where you can shop at Gucci, Hugo Boss, Prada, Chanel..

Nisantasi was settled by the Ottoman Sultan Abdulmecid I in the middle of the 19th century. His idea was to make a proper living district and to encourage the citizens of Istanbul to settle there. He erected two obelisks to define the beginning point and the ending point of the quarter. He ordered the construction of the Tesvikiye Police Station and the Tesvikiye Mosque (in Ottoman Turkish ‘Tesvikiye’ means ‘encouragement’).

Literally means Marking Stone

Nisantasi itself literally means Marking Stone in Turkish. (guided tours Turkey) The name is from the past and comes from the stones that were erected to mar

Kanyon

Istanbul Guided Tours – The modern version of Grand Bazaar!

Istanbul Guided Tours, city tours Istanbul and Kanyon. This is a multi-purpose complex in the Levent financial district of Istanbul, Turkey, which consists of a shopping mall, a 30-floor office tower (26 floors of which rise above Buyukdere Avenue level) and a 22-floor residential block.

It unites 179 residential apartments, an office tower and a 160 store retail space (covering an area of 37,500 m²) to undulate around a dramatic architectural “canyon” since its debut on 6 June 2006. There is rentable retail area, 180 residential flats, 160 stores, 9 theatre halls with a capacity of 1,600 spectators and a parking facility for 2,300 vehicles. Each floor of the office tower has a total usable office space of 1,167 m². The complex rises on an area of 29,427 m². Impressive, isn’t it? If Kanyon is the modern version of Grand Bazaar, then the Bazaar is probably another version of the ancient Agora i

Christian Heritage

After Turks conquered Istanbul, still Christianity was the first religion there. Monuments of Christianity can be seen in Istanbul on Istanbul private guided tours and around Turkey in general. Particularly Ephesus played a vital role in the spread of the religion. It was one of the seven churches of Asia, the site of several 5-th century Christian Councils . We are not sure if Constantine the Great was a Christian or not but he is the one who thought that Christianity can be the saviour of the Roman Empire. He decided to accept the Christianity as a religion but he also knew it was not easy to do that in Rome. He was looking for a new capital when he came down to Byzantion (today’s Istanbul or Constantinople) where he settled his new Rome. Istanbul or Constantinople is the city where Christianity was promoted as the official religion of Rome. You can sense the Christian heritage of Istanbul not only with the buildings but also with the way Constantine the Great