Highlights / Info
- The architecture of the area
- The different religion of the city
- The complete history of Istanbul
Tour Duration : 6H00
Live Guide : French, English
Pick Up service: No pick up,
meeting Point provided
Old but still alive. Still standing and more popular than ever. The witnesses of old times, beautiful parts of the Istanbul city, worth to be seen and discovered.
Enjoy your travel in time.
Departure from the hotel at 09:30 for Taksim. Walking or by tube or tram.
Taksim and its square, a symbol, the place for most of the residents of the city. It takes its name from the Ottoman era stone reservoir which is located in this area constructed in 1732. The reservoir does not function today hosts exibitions today. This place (officially Place of Republic), boasts the Monument of the Republic which was crafted by Pietro Canonica and inaugurated in 1928 for the 5th anniversary of the young republic.
We will be heading to pedestrian street of İstiklal (old Pera) more than a kilometer in length and heavily populated all the time must not surprise you. Istiklal probably unique in the world, boasting a tramway in its heart (likewise the one in San Fransisco) the most vibrant place in the city, diversity of the visitors and local people make its charm together with the old monuments, historical texture and, local pubs, modern restaurants, night clubs and bars, cafes, libraries, book stores, theatres, cinemas, and all sorts of shops.
The engineers, architectes and sculptors like D’Aronco,Vallaury,freres Fossatti ,Gavand decorated this avenue with orthodox and catholic churches, schools for different ethnic and religious communities, hospitals, palaces, commercial centers or inns and also with buildings of neo gothic style and, art nouveau, neo classic and baroque ottoman…
On our way, while strolling on Istıklal Avevue, we will visit Hagia-Triada (Ste Trinité), St.Antoine and Ste Marie de Draperie, we will walk in the buildings and through the passage ways like Çiçek Pasajı known with local taverns, Balık Pazarı (fish market) Avrupa and Suriye Pasajı with authentic its boutiques, Hazzopulo Pasajı identified its original cafés; The historical monuments of Consulates (French, Russian, Swedish, Dutch) located on and around the avenue will surprise you with their beauty. We will not miss the epic buildings of the area Mısır Apartmanı, Botter and patisseries İnci and Markiz, lycée de Galatasaray and mytical l’hotel Pera Palas (constructed in 1892 by Vallaury for the famous passengers of the Orient-Express including Mata Hari, Greta Garbo, the emperor Guillaume II, George V, Nicolas II, Rita Hayworth, Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie). Before reaching to funicular railway of Tunel (end of Istiklal avenue), next to the station we will stop by the museum of soufis i.e. whirling dervishes.
From this point, Galata neighborhood begins. Bohemian and pittoresque. Known as a bohemian settlement today, the history of the quarter dates back to 11th century, and foundations venetians and genoese, descending commercial maritime port of Karakoy ; In the 11th century, the quarter housed the city’s Jewish community, In 1171, a new Genoese settlement in the area was attacked and nearly destroyed. the Byzantine Emperor Manuel I Komnenos (r. 1143–1180) used the attack on the settlement as a pretext to imprison all Venetian citizens and confiscate all Venetian property within the Byzantine Empire. The quarter destroyed in 1203 by the Catholic crusaders during the Fourth Crusade. The history of the area is simply amazing. One of the streets of Galata towards the see will take us to tower of Galata, 60 meters of height, this edifice dates back to 14th Century. And it is stunning. Today, the small streets of Galata boast design stores, fashion boutiques, art galleries, cosy cafes, bar and restaurants. The famous synagog Neve Shalom and the holaucost museum of fivecentury is another landmark of the area. We will arrive to Banks street and climb famous Camondo stairs.
Karakoy ; Commercial and financial district and finally seaport, hosts beautiful mosques of 8th century like Arap Mosque and Yeraltı Mosque. We will see many buildings from 9th Century of art nouveau style, previously used as banks head office, the most famous is Ottoman Bank. On the small place of Karakoy along Bosphorus, we will conclude our day with a quick visit over Fransız Geçidi (Cité française) and turkish Patriarchat ortodoxe …..
End of this full of history day and retun to the hotel
Terms & conditions
- A professional licensed guide
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Lunch & drinks
- Personal expenses
*all tours to be booked at least 72 hours in advance, subject to availability
*a minimum of 2 participant is required