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Ottoman Architecture: Istanbul's Magnificent Mosques

Learn about mosque architecture through time with a expert guide
$292 and up
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3 hours
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  • Explore what makes up Istanbul's lively skyline complete with some of the world's most beautiful mosques
  • Led by an expert or architect
  • Sehzade Camii and Suleymaniye Camii
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Ebru was passionate about her subject and we hit it off right away. She gave great cultural, historical and religious context to the architectural sites and I feel like I made a friend too.
Everything worked well. The tour was very well designed giving us an excellent overview of mosque architecture and Ottoman history.
Our guide, Ebru Gokteke, was excellent. We did the tour on our first full day in Istanbul and it provided solid grounding for experiencing it's history, culture and architecture for the week following. While we had versed ourselves in the history of Thrace and Anatolia from antiquity to modern times, somehow we never encountered, or at least recall, Sinan the architect. We are indebted to Ebru for introducing us to one of the world's great architects. The ability to actively dialogue with Ebru, as opposed to submissively receiving a "canned speech", to clarify a statement or pursue something in more detail or even wander a bit off-track made the tour exceptional. Ebru also gave us very valuable advice about using public transportation in Istanbul and suggestions about how to arrange our week's visit to her city.