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The vastness of the vision and boldness of the design of the Byzantine era Constantinople is expressed in Hagia Sophia in Sultanahmet but medieval Constantinople around the Golden Horn offers more information.
We poke around forgotten corners just over this hauntingly beautiful inlet – the Golden Horn and walk to see Constantinople before the Ottoman Conquest in 1453.
Our tour starts with a ferry ride from Eminonu or Karakoy zigzaging both sides of the Golden Horn to end in Ayvansaray.
Ayvansaray is where Constantinople officially ended so we’ll see and walk along the mighty Byzantine walls of Theodosius from 5th Century.
Our first visit is an extraordinary Greek Orthodox Church – Mary Blachernae. The only church in the whole world where there’s a service on a Friday morning. Built on a sacred water source, the church is a pilgrimage for Greek people.
We’ll be climbing the 7th hill of the city as we make our way to one of the oldest Byzantine Palaces from the 13th Century ( Tekfur Sarayi).
The highlight of the trip is the famous Chora, the Byzantine marvel of mosaics and frescoes.
We then walk our way back through Balat which houses one of Istanbul’s surviving mediaeval synagogues and trendiest houses that are now enjoying their second or even third type of use.
In Fener we see the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate housing a column, which is believed to have been used for the binding and flogging of Jesus in Jerusalem.
We charge 125USD per person and only ask for a 20% deposit now. We settle balance in Istanbul.
We meet at 09:30 am in front of the Spice Market