A groundbreaking Los Angeles digital painter and MacEvangelist, Trici Venola moved to Istanbul in 1999 and began drawing everything she saw. She has now created over 2000 drawings of this rapidly-changing city at the center of the world, authoring two books of drawings, Drawing On Istanbul and Drawing On Istanbul 2, both available on Amazon, as well as The Drawing On Istanbul Blog, popular with art historians, Byzantine scholars, students and those who just like a good read, with pictures. She learned the history of the places she was drawing, and local people showed her things few get to see.
Stories make these old stones talk. This walk through the Sultanahmet district of the Old City includes major palaces and temples along with little-known corners, with stories that make it come alive. Why is the Hagia Sophia filled with giant carved empty picture frames? What’s the story on that gun tower on a five-star hotel? What’s that huge looming trash-strewn ruin doing out there on the highway? The entire area is layered with history, from Roman to Byzantine to Ottoman, and a lot of it is easy to miss, so we make sure you don’t.
Prices are per person and quoted in Euros.
Note: This is a walking tour and starts from a meeting point in Sultanahmet. If you require transfers between your hotel and the meeting point, please ask us.
- Guiding service by Trici Venola
- Entrance fees where necessary
Prices Do Not Include:
- Tips for guide and driver
- Personal expenses