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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 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
  • Learn about the Byzantine Empire and Istanbul's history as Constantinople

What You Can Expect

Constantinople Half-Day Tour of Orthodox Religious Sites

Church of St. Mary of the Mongols

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