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Byzantine Empire Constantinople Tours

Istanbul Byzantine Empire Constantinople History Tours

Byzantine Empire was literally known as Eastern Roman Empire in the history. The Capital of Byzantine Empire was the renowned city of Constantinople. Constantinople was the junction point and the center for trade routes of the medieval ages.

The goods that come from China (Silk, fabrics) and India (spice, cashmere) used to be distributed to all over Europe through the ancient pier of Constantinople which is also known Golden Horn.

City Of Constantinople

History Of Constantinople

Constantinople was the capital of Eastern Roman Empire from 395 A.D. to 1453 A.D. which means more than a thousand years old. Constantinople had a deep and diverse history. Discovering the secrets of Byzantine Empire or Constantinople a difficult mission if only by yourself. As a person who was born and raised in Istanbul and as a person who is a history geek, I would certainly recommend you to find an expert to dig about the history of ancient Byzantium.

Nowadays, a new kind of tour came to the martket: Byzantine Constantinople History Tour Istanbul to discover the Byzantine Empire. I find these tours very informative and useful indeed. You may give a try to thee tours while you are in Istanbul. I assure you that it is worth the Money.

What To See In Constantinople Tours Of Istanbul?

The most attractive sights in Istanbul city considered as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern. This is literally a mixture of Ottoman Empire and Byzantine Empire history which is great.

However if you want to focus on the Byantine history only, you may try one of these Byzantine Empire History Tours to check out these beautiful sights.

The ancient Hagia Sophia building

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is built in 537. Justinian the Great (reign 527-565) built this grand temple in the center of old Constantinople. His ultimate purpose was to surpass the Old Solomon’s Temple’s fame. He is reported to shout “I surpassed you King Solomon” on the opening ceremony of Hagia Sophia church. Justinian literally immortalized his name by building this magnificent temple indeed.

 Basilica Cistern

The Justinian’s period became the time for great constructions and conquests. Justinian built a lot of building to Constantinople and 3 of them are the tripods of old city tours in Istanbul. Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Hagia Eirene church (in 1st courtyard of the Topkapi Palace) all these are grand buildings from 6th century. Altough Hagia Eirene was destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt in 9th century, Hagia Sophia and Cistern are both original.

Chora Church

Chora Church is the hidden jewel of Istanbul City. Unfortunately many visitors of Istanbul do not even know its existence because of its location. It’s originally designed as a monastery, therefore it’s built at the fringes of the old city which is not a very convenient location to go and visit. Today people who visit Istanbul for one day or two prefer seeing the sites in Sultanahmet area and consider they finished the historic sightseeing. They head towards the Taksim or Bosphorus. However Chora Church is a must-see museum in Istanbul.

Chariot Racing in the Hippodrome of Constantinople


This place was the center of the Constantinople. The city folk gathered in this place in order to enjoy with the horse racing. It was like a derby soccer game. Imagine 40.000 people watching the competition between two deadly teams. The blues and greens. The famous rivals of Constantinople. The supporters was fanatics, sometimes they burnt the city down during the fights and riots.

The Old City Walls

The old city walls can be seen also driving towards the Chora Church if you follow the coastal road. You would be also passing through the famous Fener (Greek Orthodox Patriarchate) and Balat (Old Jewish Quarter) of Istanbul city if you follow this route. I would certainly recommend you to prefer Constantinople tour of Istanbul to see all these because it’s not very easy to execute this itinerary if you would not have a private car.

Constantinople Tours in Istanbul By Local Guides

Written By Official Tour Guide 
Serhat Engül

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