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In Trace of Christianity in Istanbul

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Date: Anytime
Duration: Half day or full day
Price: between 100,- & 360,- € per person Information & Order Form!

City trip Istanbul - Culture – Religion- Special interests


The Patriarchate at Fener, by the Golden Horn, is the heart of Orthodox Christianity. After

Constantine the Great' s declaration of Christianity as the religion of Roman Empire, the capital

was moved from Rome to Byzantium. With the conquest (1453) of Ottoman Empire, the seat of

Patriarchate remained in İstanbul.

Church of Panagia of Blachernae, the best known and most celebrated shrine of the Holy Virgin

located near Golden Horn, famed with the hagiasma (fountain of holy water), good to cure health

problems, and the Hagion Lousma (sacred bath) good to clean the soul where the emperor also

came to purify himself.

St. Savior in Chora (Kariye Museum), originally a Byzantine monastery, dedicated to Jesus Christ

the Savior, survived with fantastic mosaics and frescoes, portraying scenes from the Bible,

the life and miracles of Jesus.

Pantocrator (Zeyrek), the monastic complex was one of the largest and best organized

of the Byzantine period, comprising two churches and a funerary chapel, baths, a hospice

for the aged, a hospital and a medical school, a hostel for travellers and a library. (from outside)

Church of St. Mary Pammacaristos (Fethiye), built in the 11th century by John Comnenus,

displaying the aesthetic refinement attained to Paleologan Age, originally belonged to a convent

of nuns. Housed the Patriarchate for a while after the conquest.

Zoodochos Pege at Balıklı, dedicated to the Mother of God at Pege, with an underground

cistern, full of gold fishes related to a well-known miracle, and the fountain of holy water.

St. Sergius & Bacchus, a landmark in Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture. Today it is known

as the "Little Hagia Sophia" because its general plan is a precursor of the Hagia Sophia.

(from outside)

Hagia Eirene, the old patriarchal church with its impressive size stands next to Hagia Sophia.

(from outside)

Hagia Sophia, for many centuries was the largest church of Christendom, dedicated to

Divine Wisdom, an attribute of Christ. Hagia Sophia played an important role as emperors

were crowned and many victories were celebrated in this remarkable building.


Patriarchate * Church of Panagia of Blachernae * St. Savior in Chora

Pantocrator (from outside) * St. Mary Pammacaristos

Zoodochos Pege at Balıklı * St. Sergius & Bacchus (from outside)



Group size: Min. 1 - Max. 5 participants


Half Day:

1 Participant:        260,- €
2 Participants:       195,- €
3 Participants:       145,- €
4 Participants:       130,- €
5 Participants::      125,- €
6 Participants:       120,- €

7 Participants:       115,- €

8 Participants:       110,- €

9 Participants:       105,- €

10-15 Participants:  100,- €

Full Day:

1 Participant:        360,- €
2 Participants:       245,- €
3 Participants:       195,- €
4 Participants:       160,- €
5 Participants:       150,- €
6 Participants:       145,- €

7 Participants:       135,- €

8 Participants:       130,- €

9 Participants:       125,- €

10-15 Participants: 120,- €


  • Above "net" private tour rates include round trip transfers from/to central hotels, private A/C transportation, English speaking
  • professional private guide (other languages are available on request), donations, museum entrance fees, lunch in full day tours
  • and V.A.T; exclude drinks.
  • Restaurant can be upgraded with an extra fee of € 20.- / pax
  • 30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages of 0-2.


Hagia Sophia on Monday

St. Savior in Chora on Wednesday

St. Mary Pammacaristos on Wednesday

If you are interested to know more about this trip, please contact our IBE Travel Team at
Tel.:+ 49 89 25557 5890

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Your IBE Travel Team

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