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Orchestra Accompanying Trip
Orchestra Accompanying Trip

Izmir and Istanbul


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Ephesus, Izmir (Smyrna) and Istanbul (Constantinople)


The Library of Celsus, built in honour of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, completed between 114–117 A.D. by Celsus' son, Gaius Julius Aquila (consul, 110 AD). The library was "one of the most impressive buildings in the Roman Empire" and built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a mausoleum for Celsus, who is buried in a crypt beneath the library in a decorated marble sarcophagus. The Library of Celsus was the "third-largest library in the ancient world" behind both Alexandria and Pergamum.


The Basilica of St. John was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century. It stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. It was modeled after the now lost Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. It is believed that the Apostle John traveled from Jerusalem to the city of Ephesus. It was during his time there that Emperor Domitian exiled him to the Isle of Patmos, where he wrote Revelation (the Apocalypse). When Nerva became emperor, John was pardoned and returned to Ephesus, where he lived the remainder of his days.


The Terrace Houses complex in Ephesus consists of luxurious residential villas, located opposite the Temple of Hadrian. So far, two housing complexes - Eastern and Western - have been excavated. They were built according to the Hippodamian plan where the roads transect each other at right angles. The excavation work of the Terrace Houses started in 1960. The restoration of the houses is an ongoing process and every year there is something new to admire there. Currently, reconstruction works continue in the villas. This fact allows the visitors to see the painstaking work of archaeologists. The whole area is covered with a massive roof, protecting valuable interiors from harmful effects of the weather.


The House of the Virgin Mary is a Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos  in the vicinity of Ephesus. Catholic pilgrims visit the house based on the belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there until her Assumption (according to Catholic dogma) or Dormition (according to Orthodox belief).


The Great Theatre of Ephesus was constructed in the Hellenistic period but remodelled many times in the Roman period. It took 60 years to complete. It is the largest theater in  the Asia Minor with accomodation for 25 000 people; 24 000 seats and 1 000 standing places. Served not only for dramatic performances, but also for demonstrations of a social, political, economic, religious nature and for gladiator games.


Izmir city tour by bus.


Hisar Mosque is a historical Mosque. It has been recorded to have been constructed by Aydınoğlu Yakup Bey between 1592 and 1598. The 16th century Mosque is one of the biggest in the city centre and its interior contains one of the most striking examples of Ottoman Islamic artwork in İzmir.


Agora or Forum was the market place in ancient times in the sense of political meeting place and shopping area. The agora in Izmir was used as a state agora for politics. Great columns, porticos-collonnaded walkways for shoppers or listeners, stores with rounded arches and statues of Demeter and Poseidon make a great impact on visitors reminding the Roman times.


Kemeralti is a historical market area of Izmir, the lively heart and soul of the city, where you can enjoy hustle and bustle 7 days a week. Izmir’s Kemeralti bazaar dating back to the 17th century is similar to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and spills into a labyrinth of narrow lanes and tiny passageways. This busy maze is home to thousands of small local shops, artisans’ workshops, mosques, synagogues, coffee houses, tea gardens, inexpensive eateries and so much more. Much of Kemeralti bazaar is outside and there are some very nice pockets of peace for having a coffee or a light meal if you head off the main street.


The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydanı with a few fragments of the original structure surviving.


The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historic mosque. The popular tourist site continues to function as a mosque today. The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. and contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.


Hagia Sophia  is a former Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica, later an Ottoman imperial mosque and now a museum. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture". It remained the world's largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.


The Topkapi Palace is the biggest and one of the most popular sites to visit in Istanbul. It was built in between 1466 and 1478 by the sultan Mehmet II on top of a hill in a small peninsula, dominating the Golden Horn to the north, the Sea of Marmara to the south, and the Bosphorus strait to the north east, with great views of the Asian side as well. The palace was the political center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries, until they built Dolmabahce Palace by the waterside.


One of the magnificent ancient buildings of İstanbul is the Basilica Cistern located in the southwest of Hagia Sofia. Constructed for Justinianus I, the Byzantium Emperor (527-565), this big underground water reservoir is called as “Yerebatan Cistern” among the public because of the underground marble columns.


The Spice Bazaar is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Located in the Eminönü quarter of the Fatih district, it is the most famous covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar.