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Ottoman Empire has a great impact on Turkey’s land as Modern Turkey is an heritage from Ottoman Empire. There are three important cities in Ottoman’s history: Bursa, Edirne, Istanbul because they were the capital cities of Ottoman Empire. Each of those cities has great remainings from Ottoman Empire. Let’s discover more with this programme about Ottoman’s Capital Cities.
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Bursa and Edirne were two turning point cities for Ottoman’s journey on conquering Constantinople. Throughout history, these two cities were always respected among Ottoman Sultans. Join us discovering Ottoman History by visiting these capitals of Ottoman Empire.
Upon arrival in Istanbul, meet and greet local guide, then we proceed to Edirne which was one of the capital city of Ottoman Empire. Located on the borders of Greece and Bulgaria, Edirne has been one of the most busy and strategically important settlements of the Balkan history. Upon arrival in Edirne, first we visit Selimiye Mosque which is the icon of the city and was built by Mimar Sinan who is the most well-know architect of Ottoman Empire. The mosque was commissioned by Sultan Selim II, and was built by the imperial architect Mimar Sinan between 1568 and 1575. It was considered by Sinan to be his masterpiece and is one of the highest achievements of Islamic architecture. After we have our lunch, we proceed to Eski Camii(Old Mosque) which was built in 1414 and older than Selimiye Mosque. This mosque is a good example of Mosques from early Ottoman Era that is famous for calligraphic beauties inside. After that we are going to visit Bayezid Kulliyesi/Bayezid Health Complex which was built under reign of Sultan Bayezid the Second in 1488 as an health complex that recovers many sickness during hard periods. Also this complex was a good example of university level of health educations. After our programme ends in Edirne, we drive back to Istanbul and upon arrival, we check in hotel have a rest for the next day.
Overnight in Istanbul
After we have our breakfast at hotel, we proceed to Bursa which was the first capital of Ottoman Empire. Upon arrival in Bursa, first we are going to visit Ulucami Mosque which was built in 1399 by Sultan Yıldırım Bayezit the First. Ulucami Mosque is the biggest mosque in Bursa with its beautiful 20 domes and caligraphies inside. Afterwards we are going to visit Yeşil Camii/ Green Mosque that was built by Sultan Mehmet the First in 1419. Green Mosque is famous mosque with its unique green tiles from 15th century. After we enjoy our time there, we are going to have free time at Silk Bazaar for silk shopping that is very famous in Bursa and Turkey. After that we are going to enjoy shopping time at Turkish Delight Shop for delicious Turkish Delights and other snacks that is unique to Turkey. After we enjoy our time at Bursa, we come back to Istanbul and have our dinner at hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.
On this morning after we have our breakfast at hotel, we check out from hotel and proeced to Leather Outlet Shop to enjoy shopping time. Afterwards we proceed Istanbul City Walls that was built on 5th Century by Roman Empire to protect Istanbul from invaders. These unbeatable walls was conquered by Ottoman Empire on 15th Century and became a symbol for Turkish history of conquest of Constantinople. Later on we enjoy a short cruise trip on Bosphorus Strait with hunderds of mansions and tens of palaces by the Bosphorus and then we continue to proceed to Grand Bazaar for local souveniers shopping.
Overnight in Istanbul.
After our breakfast, we check out and then proceed to Old City of Istanbul. Our first visit is going to be Blue Mosque which was built by Sultan Ahmet the first on 1616 and very famous with its stunning blue tiles on its Wall. Afterwards we visit Hagia Sophia which was built as an Orthodox Church by Emperor Justinian in 537 AD. However the giant worship center was converted in a Mosque by Sultan Mehmet the Second in 1453. It is now a museum where you can enjoy the harmony of two culture in the same building. After our time finishes at Hagia Sophia, we continue our trip visiting Topkapı Palace which was built by Sultan Mehmet the Second in 1475. Topkapı Palace is the biggest palace in Turkey and also one of the biggest in the World by its 80 acres area. Topkapı Palace is the most visited palace in Turkey while it offers to its visitors many beautiful small mansions with nice view of Bosphorus Strait or Golden Horn, many valuable jewelleries which was used by the Sultans, Holy Relics such as David’s sword, Moses’ Staff and so on. After that we proceed to Ayyub Sultan Mosque / Abu Ayub Al Anshor Mosque who was one of the close Sahabat/friend of Prophet Mohammad and he was burried in Istanbul during Muslim’s invade to Constantinopel. There we can see some of the Holy Relics from Prophet Mohammad’s life. After our programme ends, we will be transferred to airport for the flight back to your home.
Till we meet on another trip…
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