After meeting at decided place (hotel or cruise), we will cross the bridge to visit Kadikoy district and drive to visit Shakiriin Mosque, the most modern mosque in Turkey. Then drive to Uskudar to visit theMaiden Tower and Iskele Mosque. After lunch we will continue to visit Beylerbeyi Palace. At the end of the tour we will drive to Camlica Hill and transfer to the hotel.
Visiting: Kadikoy District, Shakiriin Mosque, Leander Tower, Uskudar, Beylerbeyi Palace, Camlica Hill
Tour includes: Guiding Service, Transportation and Lunch
Tour not includes : Museum entrances, beverages, personal expenditures and tips.
Tour Duration: 6 – 8 hours
Kadikoy is the site of the ancient village of Chalcedon which means “the lanf of blind”. For the reasons of empires capital was on the historical peninsula; Kadikoy lived in its shadow and remained a small town for a long period. After Selimiye Barracks, Haydarpasa Military Hospital and railway constructions the region became an attractive residential area.
Shakiriin Mosque – Modern Mosque
Shakirin Mosque was built by the Semiha Shakir Foundation and opened in 2009. It is the most modern mosque in Turkey. The mosque interior designer Zeynep Fadillioglu, the first female interior designer of a mosque. Decorative motifs of the mosque are derived from Seljukian art.
Maiden tower is a small and attractive tower constructed on an tiny islet on the bosphorus which is one the most familiar sights in Istanbul. It was used as a ligthhouse, custom control point and house for retired naval officers. It took its present appearence from 18th century.
Uskudar is a large and densely populated historic district on the Asian part of Bosphorus. It was founded in the 7th century B.C. During Ottoman period Uskudar was one of three communities outside the city wall; others were Eyup and Galata.
Beylerbeyi Palace was imperial summer residence and a place to entertain visiting heads of state in Ottoman period, seen next to the first bosporus bridge. The Palace was constructed by Abdul Aziz between 1861-1865. Empress Eugenie of France, Shah Nasruddin of Persia are two of its famous visitors.
With pine grove covered, highest point of Istanbul, 63 meters from sea level. It is the best place to watch Asian and European part of Istanbul. In 2016 a new and the biggest mosque of Turkey was constructed on the hill.