Istanbul Morning Tour of Religious Sites

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What To Expect

Meet with Ortodox Constantinople through a visit to the Orthodox Patriarchate in Fener, Istanbul, where you can find part of the pole to which Christ was bound before being flogged and crucified; Church of St. Mary of Blachernae, one of the most revered Orthodox Christian churches; Church of St. Mary of the Mongols, the only Byzantine church that has never ceased conducting divine services; and Chora Church, famous for its rare examples of mosaic work.

Highlights

  • Visit four religious sites in Istanbul, including Orthodox Patriarchate, Church of St. Mary of the Mongols, Church of St. Mary of Blachernae and Chora Church

  • Enjoy extensive explanation from a knowledgeable English-speaking guide

  • Free hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Small-group tour

  • See ancient relics such as part of the pole to which Christ was bound before crucified by Roman soldiers

Specifications

Type:
Morning Tour in Constantinople
Departs From:
Istanbul
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up from Istanbul city-center hotels
Duration:
3 hours and 30 minutes
Availability:
daily except Sunday at 9:00 AM
Product Code:
14317
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Description

You will be picked up from your accommodation and be transported to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, located in Fener, Istanbul. There, you will visit its main building, the Church of St. George, which was originally part of the Orthodox nunnery.

In this church, you can find part of the pole to which Christ was bound before He was crucified by Roman soldiers. In the main cathedral are also relics of three female saints: Saint Euphemia the Great Martyr, St. Theophano who was the wife of Emperor Leo the Wise, and Saint Mary Salome.

After exploring the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, your next stop is the Church of St. Mary of the Mongols, the only Byzantine church that has never ceased conducting divine services and that did not become a mosque.

Continue your tour and visit Church of St. Mary of Blachernae, which is one of the most important Orthodox Christian churches. The Holy Virgin's robe, Her omophorion (head cover), and part of Her belt that was brought from Palestine in 457 can be found in the circular pareklision Hagia Soros (chapel), next to the church.

Travel to Kariye Museum (The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora), which is famous for its rare mosaic work whose thematic variety and rich detail are unmatched among Byzantine churches. The mosaics in Chora Church depict the life of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, and God the Father.

At the end of the tour, you will be transported back to your accommodation.

Pick up from your accommodation: between 08:00-08:30

Drop off at your accommodation: between 13:00-13:30

Includes

  • Entrance fees to four religious sites in Istanbul (Orthodox Patriarchate, Church of St. Mary of the Mongols, Church of St. Mary of Blachernae, and Chora Church)

  • Parking and road tolls

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Professional English-speaking guide

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • No operation on Sundays. Chora Church is closed on Wednesdays.

  • Children 2 years old and below are free of charge if accompanied by paying adult.

  • If you combine any morning tour with any afternoon tour, lunch will be complimentary. Please inquire.

  • The duration of transfers is approximate. The exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.

  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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