Byzantium Spirit of Istanbul
Today we feel the spirit of Byzantium of Istanbul. Our first visit is to the natural naval harbour of the Byzantines named “the Golden Horn” because of its hornlike shape and the golden reflection of the glittering waves under the sunshine when viewed from the hilltops. Visit the Patriarchate at Fener which has been the seat of Orthodox Christianity since Constantine The Great’s declaration of Christianity as the religion of the Roman Empire. Church of Panagia of Blachernae, the best known and most celebrated shrine of the Holy Virgin Mary and famed for its “Hagiasma” (holy water) and “Hagion Lousma” (sacred bath). The Anemas Dungeons (seen from outside, The Tekfur Palace, the only surviving Pavillion of the Blachernae Palace and the next stop on this tour is the amazing Church of St. Savior in Chora (Kariye Museum), originally a Byzantine monastery with exquisite mosaics and frescoes portraying scenes from the Bible. The Byzantine city walls will be in our list today. Join us!