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Golden Horn-Galata Tour

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GOLDEN HORN & GALATA

WATCHING THE MAGNIFICENT GOLDEN HORN FROM TWO HEIGHTS IS POSSIBLE WITH THIS ITINERARY.
PLUS, YOU CAN TASTE THE BEST BAKLAVA, SHOP AT EGYPTIAN BAZAAR AND MORE…

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Golden Horn & Galata

WATCHING THE MAGNIFICENT GOLDEN HORN FROM TWO HEIGHTS IS POSSIBLE WITH THIS ITINERARY.
PLUS, YOU CAN TASTE THE BEST BAKLAVA, SHOP AT EGYPTIAN BAZAAR AND MORE…

Galata Tower

The maginificent 360° silhouette is probably the best panoramic view in Istanbul.
The Galata Tower by the Genoese is a medieval stone tower in the Galata Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, just to the north of the Golden Horn’s junction with the Bosphorus. One of the city’s most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul’s historic peninsula and its environs.
There is a restaurant and café on its upper floors which command a magnificent view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Also located on the upper floors is a night club which hosts a Turkish show. There are two operating elevators that carry visitors from the lower level to the upper levels. There is only one floor with a few steps to the observation balcony from the floor elevator ends at the last floor.
Concerning the history; the Romanesque style tower was built as Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) in 1348 during an expansion of the Genoese colony in Constantinople. Galata Tower was the tallest building in Istanbul at 66.9 m when it was built in 1348. It was built to replace the old Tower of Galata, an original Byzantine tower named Megalos Pyrgos (Great Tower) which controlled the northern end of the massive sea chain that closed the entrance to the Golden Horn. That tower was on a different site and was largely destroyed in 1203, during the Fourth Crusade of 1202–1204.

Karaköy Güllüoğlu “the name of the Baklava”

It is admitted that ‘baklava’ is a Middle Eastern dessert. But assertively, Güllüoğlu is making the best baklava in Istanbul. This family have been producing different types of baklava and derived desserts since 1820, the Ottoman Empire’s last era. There is no other words to say, just order a portion of baklava, taste it and you will understand what is meant here. Just a hint, you can order a ball of ice-cream on to your baklava, it will be excellent. You can also purchase dry baklava for taking away to your country.

New Mosque

New Mosque; originally named the Valide Sultan Mosque and later New Valide Sultan Mosque after its partial reconstruction and completion between 1660 and 1665; is an Ottoman imperial mosque located in the Eminönü quarter of Istanbul, Turkey. It is situated on the Golden Horn, at the southern end of the Galata Bridge, and is one of the famous architectural landmarks of Istanbul. As with other imperial mosques in Istanbul, the New Mosque was designed as a külliye, or complex with adjacent structures to service both religious and cultural needs. The original complex consisted of the mosque itself, a hospital, primary school, public baths, a türbe, two public fountains and a market. To this complex was added a library during the reign of Sultan Ahmed III. The large L-shaped market survives today as the Spice Bazaar (also known as the Egyptian Bazaar), a well-known Istanbul tourist attraction.

Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar

Located in the Eminönü district and covering an area of 384 blocks, the Egyptian Bazaar is part of the kulliye of the New Mosque stretches along Tahmis and Flower Market streets and New Mosque street. It is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Located in the Eminönü quarter of the Fatih district, it is the most famous covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. The bazaar got its name “Egyptian Bazaar” (Mısır Çarşısı in Turkish) because it was built with the revenues from the Ottoman eyalet of Egypt in 1660. Spice Bazaar has a total of 85 shops selling spices, Turkish delight and other sweets, jewellery, souvenirs, and dried fruits and nuts.

Eyüp Sultan Mosque

Eyüp Sultan Mosque is situated outside the city walls near the Golden Horn. The present building dates from the beginning of the 19th century. The mosque complex includes a mausoleum marking the spot where Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, friend of the prophet Muhammad, is said to have been buried. This is why here is more than a mosque, it is the holiest in Istanbul; indeed after Mecca and Jerusalem it is perhaps the most sacred place of pilgrimage in the Islamic world. A mosque complex (Kulliye) was constructed on the site in 1458 by the Ottoman Turks only five years after the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. By the end of the 18th century the mosque was in a ruinous state, perhaps as a result of earthquake damage, and in 1798 Sultan Selim III ordered the whole structure other than the minarets to be pulled down and rebuilt. This work was completed in 1800. The eastern minaret was rebuilt in the original style by Mahmud II in 1822. Eyup Sultan is believed to have died during the first Arab siege of Constantinople in the 670s. His tomb is greatly venerated by Muslims and attracts many pilgrims. The mausoleum is on the north side of a courtyard opposite the main entrance to the prayer hall of the mosque.

Pierre Loti Hill & Cafe
mous hills of Istanbul overlooking the Golden Horn and Eyub Sultan area. There is a public teleferric from Eyub Sultan to the hill that you can use. We recommend you to go up with cable car and call your driver for back trip. At the top of the hill, you can find a cafe, restaurant, a hookah cafe, and a terrace patisserie. Take your time here…

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