Chora Church and City Walls Tour - Half Day (13:30
Meet you at the cruise port of Istanbul, the airport or
your hotel in the morning, for a tour of visiting ;
Chora Museum: The mosaics and frescoes
in St. Savior are by far the most important works of Byzantine
pictorial art known today, in terms of both their beauty and
their number. It is fascinating to realize that they are coeval
with the frescoes of Giotto in Italy. And while different
in certain particulars, they nonetheless appear to radiate
the same sense of living, breathing reality so characteristic
of the Early Renaissance.
The Eyup Quarter: Eyup quarter and mosques
take their name from Eyüp Ensari, the companion and standard-bearer
of the Prophet Mohammed killed during the first siege of Constantinople.
Ancient City Walls: The land walls, for
the most part, date from the reign of Emperor Theodosius II
(408-450). The initial phase of construction, which produced
one long high wall punctuated at regular intervals by some
hundred bastions of defense towers, was completed in 413 under
the supervision of Anthemius Perfect of the Eastern Empire.
At the end of the tour transfer back to the port or your