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Constantinople Half-Day Tour of Orthodox Religious Sites

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 hours 18 minutes (Approx.)
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3 hours 18 minutes (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

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Explore the Eastern Orthodox Christian sites of Istanbul, known in Byzantine times as Constantinople, on this 3-hour tour with a knowledgeable guide. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, visit the Orthodox... More
Explore the Eastern Orthodox Christian sites of Istanbul, known in Byzantine times as Constantinople, on this 3-hour tour with a knowledgeable guide. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, visit the Orthodox Patriarchate in the beautiful Church of St George, and check out other richly gilded places of worship including the Church of St Mary of the Mongols,... More
Explore the Eastern Orthodox Christian sites of Istanbul, known in Byzantine times as Constantinople, on this 3-hour tour with a knowledgeable guide. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, visit the Orthodox Patriarchate in the beautiful Church of St George, and check out other richly gilded places of worship including the Church of St Mary of the Mongols, and Chora Church, famous for its glittering Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. View the art and saintly treasures at each church, while learning about Constantinople’s tangled religious history from your informative guide. Ideal for history buffs.

Highlights

  • 3-hour tour of the Orthodox churches of Istanbul, with a professional guide
  • Visit the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Church of St George, home to part of a pole where it’s believed Jesus was tied
  • Explore the Church of St. Mary of Blachernae, the only Byzantine church never turned into a mosque
  • Tour the Church of St. Mary of the Mongols, home to what’s thought to be Mary’s robe and other garments
  • Admire the Byzantine mosaics and frescos of Chora Church, where Constantinople’s last emperor prayed during Turkish attack
  • View ancient icons, saintly relics and glorious Byzantine art
... More
  • 3-hour tour of the Orthodox churches of Istanbul, with a professional guide
  • Visit the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Church of St George, home to part of a pole where it’s believed Jesus was tied
  • Explore the Church of St. Mary of Blachernae, the only Byzantine church never turned into a mosque
  • Tour the Church of St. Mary of the Mongols, home to what’s thought to be Mary’s robe and other garments
  • Admire the Byzantine mosaics and frescos of Chora Church, where Constantinople’s last emperor prayed during Turkish attack
  • View ancient icons, saintly relics and glorious Byzantine art
... More
  • 3-hour tour of the Orthodox churches of Istanbul, with a professional guide
  • Visit the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Church of St George, home to part of a pole where it’s believed Jesus was tied
  • Explore the Church of St. Mary of Blachernae, the only Byzantine church never turned into a mosque
  • Tour the Church of St. Mary of the Mongols, home to what’s thought to be Mary’s robe and other garments
  • Admire the Byzantine mosaics and frescos of Chora Church, where Constantinople’s last emperor prayed during Turkish attack
  • View ancient icons, saintly relics and glorious Byzantine art
  • Learn about the Byzantine Empire and Istanbul's history as Constantinople

What To Expect

Summary

Your will start the morning with a pick-up from your accommodation and a drive to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate which is located in Fener. There you will visit the main building – the church of St.... More
Your will start the morning with a pick-up from your accommodation and a drive to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate which is located in Fener. There you will visit the main building – the church of St. George - was originally part of the Orthodox nunnery. One of the most valuable and ancient relics in the church is part of the pole to which Christ was... More
Your will start the morning with a pick-up from your accommodation and a drive to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate which is located in Fener. There you will visit the main building – the church of St. George - was originally part of the Orthodox nunnery. One of the most valuable and ancient relics in the church is part of the pole to which Christ was bound before being flogged and crucified by Roman soldiers. In the main cathedral are relics of three female saints; Saint Euphemia the Great Martyr and St. Theophano who was the wife of Emperor Leo the Wise. The third set of relics belongs to Saint Mary Salome.

After exploring the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, next spot 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.

With your guide you will continue your day by visiting Church of St. Mary of Blachernae which is one of the most revered Orthodox Christian churches. In the Vlaherna Church is found the Holy Virgin’s robe, Her omophorion (head cover) and part of Her belt that was brought from Palestine in 457.

Then by coach you will travel to Kariye Museum (The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora) which is famous for its rare examples of mosaic work whose thematic variety and rich detail are unmatched among Byzantine churches. The last emperor prayed in this church as the city was besieged by the Turks.The Chora Church was initially in the center of the monastery of St. Michael, which was probably built in the VI century. Finishing the tour, drive back to your accommodation after this enjoyable morning.

What's Included

Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Sultanahmet, Laleli, Sirkeci, Gulhane, Kucuk Ayasofya, Taksim, Beyoglu, Aksaray, Karakoy, Eminonu, Galata.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Important notice:
  • No operations on Sundays
  • Chora church is closed on Wednesdays
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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It's an excellent tour. Lots of...
Gustavo B
, Oct 2017
It's an excellent tour. Lots of walking involved. Churches visited were amazing. Tourist guide very professional. Churches expect a donation.
This was an excellent and very...
Helen C
, Apr 2017
This was an excellent and very interesting tour. Our guide for the tour was brilliant, his knowledge of the sights was unsurpassed. Highly recommended

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