“Excellent tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Ebru (our guide) was knowledgeable and articulate. We would definitely recommend this tour.Marie P., Australia – See more reviews
What To Expect
This three-hour walking tour of Istanbul focuses on three of the city's most important 16th century mosques. Designed by the Ottoman architect, Sinan, who is often referred to as the Turkish Michelangelo, these structures provide a fantastic introduction to Islamic architecture and the rise of the Ottomans.
Our walk begins with the mosque complex of Sehzade Camii dedicated to the prince Mehmet. Here we'll discuss basic mosque architecture and decoration. We'll consider the motif and design of the buildings themselves, explore the interior of the mosque and its gardens, and spend time laying the groundwork for visually understanding Islamic architecture. We'll also visit a wonderful little Byzantine church converted into a mosque just behind the complex that offers a good example of the layering of history in this extremely rich and complex city.
We'll then visit the Suleyman complex, named for the great conquerer of Istanbul, Suleyman the Great. Although parts of the mosque are closed for restoration until late fall 2009, we'll explore the extensive complex including the mausoleum of Suleyman, wonderfully decorated with some of the best Iznik tilework in Istanbul, a distinctive signature of Ottoman decoration. This will give us a chance to discuss the figure of Suleyman and the ways in which Istanbul was transformed during this period to become the capital of the Ottoman world. Lastly, we'll move downhill to the mosque of the vizier (minister) of the Suleyman court, affording us an opportunity to discuss the politics, propaganda, and empire building of this crucial period in Ottoman history.
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The mosques are all functioning holy sites. When entering a mosque guests will be required to remove their shoes. Interruptions during the walk may occur by a call to prayer.
Participants are required to wear long trousers, as shorts and short skirts are considered inappropriate in mosques.
Women are recommended to bring a kind of hair-covering that can be used inside mosques but removed when walking from one to the other.
Children below 12 years old are not permitted on this tour.
Minimum of 2 passengers per booking is required. Private walking seminars are available for solo travelers.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
2 days / 1 night
2 days / 1 night
1 hour and 30 minutes