Istanbul Full Day Private Tour: In Trace of Christianity

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Constantine's declaration of Christianity as the Roman Empire's official religion left its trace in Turkey.


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The Patriarchate at Fener, 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 of Ottoman Empire in 1453, the seat of Patriarchate remained in Istanbul.

The Church of Panagia of Blachernae, the best known and most celebrated shrine of the Holy Virgin located near Golden Horn, famed for the hagiasma (fountain of holy water), said to be good for curing health problems, and the Hagion Lousma (sacred bath) to clean the soul.

St. Savior in Chora (Kariye), originally a Byzantine monastery, is dedicated to Jesus Christ the Savior and has fantastic mosaics and frescoes portraying scenes from the Bible, as well as the life and miracles of Jesus.

View the Pantocrator (Zeyrek) from outside. It is a monastic complex and was one of the largest and best organized of the Byzantine period. It comprises two churches and a funerary chapel, baths, a hospice for the aged, a hospital and a medical school, a hostel for travelers and a library.

Church of St. Mary Pammacaristos (Fethiye) was built in the XI century by John Comnenus. It displays the aesthetic refinement attained during the Paleologan age, and it originally belonged to a convent of nuns. It housed the Patriarchate for a while after the conquest.

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

Take a look at St. Sergius and Bacchus from the outside, a landmark in Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture. Today it is known as the "Little Hagia Sophia."

Catch a glimpse of the exterior of Hagia Eirene, the old patriarchal church with its impressive size stands next to Hagia Sophia.

Go to Hagia Sophia, which for many centuries was the largest church of Christendom, dedicated to Divine Wisdom, an attribute of Christ. It has played an important role as emperors were crowned and many victories were celebrated in this remarkable building.


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  • Roundtrip transfers to/from central hotels

  • English speaking professional guide

  • Museum entrance fees

  • Lunch

  • VAT

  • Donations to churches/monasteries


  • Drinks during lunch

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Personal expenses

Please Note

  • Cancellation or change of date is not allowed. All sales are final and non-refundable.

  • Photocopy of the passport page with photo is needed in advance for visit permits.

  • Passports are required for security purposes during the tour.

  • Children 2 years old and below are free of charge.

  • Other languages are available with an extra fee upon request.

  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays.

  • Both the St. Savior in Chora and St. Mary Pammacaristos are closed on Wednesdays.

  • The pick-up service via shuttle bus takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

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  • 100% cancellation fee. Non-refundable.

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