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Historical tours for a healthy mind and body


The trekking sport, which applies to all age groups and can be practiced in all seasons, protects physical health. It is up to you to get a healthy mind by trekking among the historical works located in between Edirnekapı and Ayvansaray. The tour we offer will also increase your level of knowledge in addition to providing you a healthy mind and body.

The trekking sport, which applies to all age groups and can be practiced in all seasons, protects physical health. It is up to you to get a healthy mind by trekking among the historical works located in between Edirnekapı and Ayvansaray. The tour we offer will also increase your level of knowledge in addition to providing you a healthy mind and body.

This tour we recommend, which you can take on a holiday between 3 to 6 hours depending on your speed, covers the area between Edirnekapı and Ayvansaray, which was pronounced a “historical route” by the Municipality of Fatih last year.
The starting point of the tour, which entirely takes place within the city, is the Kariye Museum in Edirnekapı. Kariye Museum is a significant location as it is pilgrimage destination for the Orthodox. The most glorious painting collection of the Byzantine Era is inside the Chora Monastery which is currently Kariye Museum. Kariye Museum is a world-famous museum with its wall frescoes and mosaics which depict the life of Jesus Christ and Mary.

Kariye Müzesi kubbe detayı

Our second stop is Tekfur Palace, which is currently undergoing restoration. The significance of this palace originates from its being the sole surviving Byzantine Palace today. Tekfur Palace is the only intact portion of Blachernae Palace, as it was originally called, today. The roofless structure was built for the Byzantine Emperor Porphyrogenitus in the 12th century. The façade of the building, which has a yard in the front, was ornamented with colored stone blocks and bricks. Windows were also decorated with ornamented arches. The entrance floor of the palace is juxtaposed to the city walls. Tekfur Palace was originally where kings were crowned. In the 18th century, it was also used as a glazed tile and glassware workshop for a while.

Tekfur Sarayı

The third stop is İvaz Efendi Mosque, which is told to be a work of Architect Sinan. The dome is supported by six pillars and four semi-domes. It has a different architectural style just as its dome. The location of the minaret is in the background and the gates are not in the middle but at both sides. With its walls of stone and bricks and its glazed tiles, the mosque is fine architectural work worth seeing. The mosque is located on one of the terraces of Blachernae Palace and the Anemas Dungeons, which are also the fourth stop of our tour.

Anemas Dungeons were the prisons of Blachernae Palace. They are juxtaposed to the old city walls close to the Golden Horn, and comprise of 14 cells and two cellars. The only surviving underground dungeon of the Byzantine Era and a unique work of architecture, Anemas Dungeons were named after Mihael Anemas who was Byzantine soldier of Arabic origin. Anemas was captured upon an attempt to assassinate Emperor Alexius in 1107 and served his time locked up in a tower in this dungeon. The Anemas dungeons were later used as a prison for high-ranked corrupt statesmen. It was restored in May 2005.

The 5th stop of this historical tour corresponds to Emir Bukhari Dervish Lodge. The lodge, which is located on Dervişzade Street in Ayvansaray, is one of the two most significant naqshi lodges of Fatih. It was abandoned in 1925 and almost destroyed after the fires in 1946 and 1962. It is currently being restored in compliance with the original model.