Chora (Kariye) Church & Museum

The Chora Church located in Istanbul’s Fatih, is a former Byzantine church. The mosaics and frescoes in the style of Renaissance palaiologos are among the largest and most elaborate sacred cycles worldwide. The church was under the Ottomans in the early 16th Century converted into a mosque, restored after 1948 and converted into a museum.

Website: www.choramuseum.com
Distance from Golden City: 2,5 km, 25-30 minutes by walking or 5 minutes by taxi
The Museum is open in between: 9.00-17.00 every day except Wednesdays
Entrance Fee: 15 TL

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Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar[X][X]

One of the oldest covered bazaars in İstanbul, the Egyptian Bazaar is located in the Eminönü district of İstanbul, behind New Mosque and adjacent to the Flower Market. Continuing its existence since 17th century, the Egyptian Bazaar originated from the Makron Envalos Bazaar which was located in the same place in Byzantine times. The Venetian and Genoese people were doing business in that bazaar. The Jew people were also residing in the same area during Ottoman times. Along with the construction of New Mosque, the Jew people in Eminönü were transferred to Balat district
Located in the Eminönü district of İstanbul and covering an area of 384 blocks, the Egyptian Bazaar is part of the külliye of the New Mosque stretches along Tahmis and Flower Market streets and New Mosque street.

Website: http://www.misircarsisi.org/
Distance from Golden City : 0,5 km 10 minutes by walking
The Grand Bazaar is open in between: 08:00 – 19:30 every day except on Sundays and during public or religious Holidays

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Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı)

The Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalıçarşı, meaning ‘Covered Bazaar’; also Büyük Çarşı, meaning ‘Grand Bazaar’[1]) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops [2][3] which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.[
Opened in 1461, it is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by the type of goods, with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry and the like. The bazaar contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping), the first of which was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and in 1894 underwent a major restoration following an earthquake.
Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Bazaar,_Istanbul
Distance from Golden City : 1km 15 minutes by walking, or 6 stations by Tram
The Grand Bazaar is open in between: 09:00 – 19:00 every day except on Sundays and during public or religious Holidays

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The Basilica (Underground) Cistern

Also known as the Sunken Palace, it was used as the water reservoir for the Byzantine Great Palace during the reign of Justinian in 532. Inside the huge building, there is a few feet of water but wooden walkways have been built for visitors. There are 336 columns supporting a cathedral ceiling and some of them were taken from torn-down temples. The interior of the building has special dim lighting and classical music is played to create an eerie atmosphere.

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_Cistern
Distance from Golden City Hotel: 2km 20 minutes by walking or stations by tram
The Museum is open in between: 9.00-17.30
Entrance Fee: 10 TL

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Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque)

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.
It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque.

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan_Ahmed_Mosque
Distance from Golden City: 2km 20-25 minutes by walking or 4 stations by tram
The Museum is open in between: Open everyday
Entrance Fee: No entrance fee

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