The Old City Tour, Istanbul
1. Hippodrome square — The younger brother of the Roman hippodrome – Istanbul hippodrome is smaller only that the Roman one. The Roman, Byzantium, Ottoman, and Egyptian empires — these are not the squares of a single hippodrome.
2. Hagia Sophia — The main sanctuary of the Orthodox christians – the church, built a thousand years before the San Pietro temple in Rome. The font, in which the first christian woman in Europe — princess Olga, adopted Christianity, Byzantine mosaics, and the dents in the floor of the temple, made by the feet of the emperors' guard – you will see it in the fourth in size church of the world - Hagia Sophia.
3. Underground cistern Yerebatan — a temple with 300 columns, built under the ground, was fiiled with water during the Turks' rule. Now there are giant carps swimming between the heads of the Medusa, cut from marble during the reign of Roman emperors, in the Yerebatan cistern.
4. Blue Mosque — No one, except sultans, has the right to build mosques with four minarets. In the capital of the Muslim world — Mecca, there is one with five minarets.. The Ottoman sultan challenges the very Mecca, and in Istanbul appears a mosque... ith six minarets! This is the Blue Mosque of Istanbul...
5. Topkapi palace — from here the magnificent sultans were ruling the fields of the empire, spread in Europe and Asia, in the East and the West. Topkapi palace is the tresury of Istanbul. Today you can also admire the brilliance and greatness of Porta.
6. Covered market — Golden Bazaar — The largest market of istanbul. Golden Bazaar is a real trade city, spread over the square of a whole district. It has streets, alleys and crossroads: all these are sown with so many markets, stores, and trading lines, that you will find nowhere else in the world...