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Places (POIs) visited during this tour

Place #1
Distance: 0.05mi
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Hoca Paşa, Alemdar Cd. No:17, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
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Let's Go!
Let’s go! I’ll share a short history lesson as you follow your navigation toward Gulhane Park.

The history of Istanbul is a mesmerizing tale that spans over two and a half millennia. Originally founded as Byzantium by the Greeks in 657 BC, it later became Constantinople, the glorious capital of the Roman Empire in 330 AD. With the rise of the Byzantine Empire, Istanbul blossomed into a center of art, culture, and trade. Its iconic structures, such as the majestic Hagia Sophia and the grand Hippodrome, were testament to its grandeur.

In 1453, the city underwent a momentous transformation when the Ottoman Turks, led by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, captured Constantinople, renaming it Istanbul. The city became the thriving capital of the mighty Ottoman Empire for centuries, witnessing the construction of architectural wonders like the Topkapi Palace and the Süleymaniye Mosque.

With the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century, Istanbul underwent significant changes and became the vibrant cultural and economic center of the newly established Republic of Turkey. Today, Istanbul stands as a living testament to its diverse and storied past, where Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern influences coexist harmoniously, enchanting visitors with its rich history, captivating architecture, and vibrant spirit.

Please keep following your navigation.

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Place #2
Distance: 1.45mi
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Cankurtaran, Soğuk Çeşme Sk. No:11, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
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Gulhane Park
Please turn left here and enter Gulhane Park. 

This amazing space has a captivating history that dates back centuries. Originally part of the royal gardens of the Topkapi Palace, it was a private retreat for the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. In 1912, it was transformed into a public park, welcoming locals and visitors alike. The park witnessed significant historical events, including the announcement of the Imperial Edict of Tanzimat in 1839, which introduced political and legal reforms. Today, Gulhane Park offers a serene escape with its lush greenery, vibrant flowers, and tranquil atmosphere, providing a glimpse into Istanbul's rich past amidst its natural beauty.

There’s so much to explore here so feel free to do so! Our next stop is the Archaeological Museums. The navigation will guide you there whenever you are ready.



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Tour itinerary stops | Additional places you'll see on this self-guided tour

Map Pin Place 1 Let's Go!
Map Pin Place 2 Gulhane Park
Map Pin Place 3 Istanbul Archaeological Museums
Map Pin Place 4 Topkapi Palace Museum
Map Pin Place 5 Aya Irini
Map Pin Place 6 Hagia Sophia
Map Pin Place 7 Snacks
Map Pin Place 8 Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici)
Map Pin Place 9 The Blue Mosque
Map Pin Place 10 Hippodrome of Constantinople
Map Pin Place 11 Enjoy the shops and cobblestones
Map Pin Place 12 Cemberlitas Sutunu
Map Pin Place 13 Nuruosmaniye Mosque
Map Pin Place 14 Grand Bazaar
Map Pin Place 15 Istanbul University
Map Pin Place 16 Suleymaniye Mosque
Map Pin Place 17 Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market)

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