Enjoy Skip the Line Admission + Live Guide Commentary at All Top 5 Museums of Istanbul, including Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Irene and Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum. This pass has a 5 day validity. MONDAYS There are no tours offered on Mondays TUESDAYS 09.00 - Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum 10.15 - Hagia Sophia Museum 12.00 - Basilica Cistern 14.00 - Hagia Sophia 15.45 - Basilica Cistern WEDNESDAYS TO SUNDAYS 09.00 - Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum 10.15 - Hagia Sophia Museum 12.00 - Basilica Cistern 14.00 - Topkapi Palace Museum (T) 15.30 - Hagia Irene Museum (T) MEETING POINTS * Guided tours start at the Bigbus Bus Stop in front of the Hagia Sophia museum, unless otherwise noted. * (T) Meeting point for this tour is the First Gate of the Topkapı Palace Museum. * Our guide carries a flag with the logo of Istanbul Tourist Pass.
Hagia Sophia: Your guide will explain the mystery of the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been a precious building. Topkapı Palace: Enter one of the most secreted places in history. Topkapı Palace was the primary residence of Ottoman Sultans for more than 600 years and Istanbul Tourist Pass is opening the doors of this marvelous palace to you. Being the most visited museum of Turkey, the Topkapı Palace not only shows you how a Sultan’s life was, but also many exhibitions of great variety. The Topkapı Palace witnessed the Ottoman history since the conquest of Constantinople, now it is your turn… Basilica Cistern: Due to the fact that Constantinople era Istanbul was constantly besieged during the Roman and Byzantine periods, it was constantly in need of a regular supply of water. To meet this need, a great number of cisterns were constructed during both eras. The Yerebatan Cistern, which is also known as the Basilica Cistern, is the largest and most impressive of all of the cisterns in the city. The Yerebatan Cistern amazes all of its visitors with its marble pillars. Indeed, one might even think that such a magnificent space could, in fact, be a castle. Hagia Irene: Hagia Irene or Holy Peace, was a Greek Eastern Orthodox church built under the orders of Emperor Constantine I over the ruins of a pagan temple as the first church in Constantinople. It served as the church of the Patriarchate until the Hagia Sophia basilica was built. Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum Tour: The museum, which houses the richest collection of carpets in the world, has a large number of particularly striking carpets from the Seljuk Empire¸ the most important Turkish state prior to the Ottoman Empire. Rugs that were produced in Anatolia during the 15th, 16th, and 17thcenturies, are typically ornamented with geometric figures, Kufic designs, and animals, and are among the most valuable items in this section. Here, you also find exquisite rugs from Iran and the Caucasus.