Strolling through Byzantine Istanbul with David Hendrix

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Strolling through Byzantine Istanbul with David Hendrix

Date: March 24, 2024, Sunday

Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, was the capital of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire for a thousand years after the fall of Rome. As the largest city of Europe for centuries, it was a major center of trade, art, architecture, and literature. Though the empire fell more than five centuries ago, much of this long lost era lies underneath Ottoman and modern Istanbul. In this tour, we will explore some of the lesser known gems of Byzantium, including churches, monumental columns, and other sites as we stroll through the old city.


  • Monastery of Christ Pantokrator (Molla Zeyrek Mosque)
  • Aqueduct of Valens
  • Saint Polyeuktos Church
  • Column of Marcian
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Church of St. Savior Akataleptos / Theotokos Kiriotissa Church (Kalenderhane Mosque) from the outside
  • Forum of Theodosius (Forum Tauri)
  • Myrelaion Monastery (Bodrum Mosque)

Who is David Hendrix?

David Hendrix is the creator of the Byzantine Legacy, a website and social media project on the Byzantine Empire with a particular focus on Istanbul. He extensively travels around Anatolia and the Balkans, researching and photographing dozens of cities, archaeological sites and museums for this project. He is an American currently living in Istanbul.

David is the creator of the Byzantine Legacy website (https://www.thebyzantinelegacy.com)


  • The tour will be conducted in English.
  • This is a small-group tour, so it is recommend that you make your reservation as early as possible.
  • The professional tour guide of this tour is Serif Yenen.
  • Sometimes it may not be possible to enter some of the places as they are privately owned or for restoration purposes. In such cases, the commentary will be done from outside.
  • For more than 10 participants, headsets will be provided.
  • This tour is organised by A-level travel company Serif Yenen Travel licenced by Ministry of Culture and Tourism (License No: 8860)


  • 1400.00 Turkish Liras (If you like to make your payment with a Turkish credit card or make Turkish Lira bank transfer, please do it online on this page)
  • $45.00 USD (If you like to pay with your non-Turkish credit card, please use this link, and enter $45.00 USD per person: Non-Turkish credit card manual payment page 

What is Included in the Price:

  • Entrance charges,
  • Tea or coffee,
  • Informative pamphlets and maps,
  • If the number of participants is more than 10, tour guide audio system (headsets).

What is NOT Included in the Price:

  • This is a walking tour and no transportation is included.
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses


  • To join this tour, an online reservation is required
  • Choose the number of participants and then click “Satın Al” button.
  • You can pay with your credit card or make bank transfer.
  • Full payment is required to complete the reservation.
  • For your queries, you can send an e-mail to info@serifyenen.com or call Serif at his mobile number: 0533-591 1303.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel up to 15 days before the tour, you will get full refund, only if you paid by check; you will get 95% refund for your payment, if you paid by credit card. This fee reflects only our costs of administering a reservation, and is not intended to be punitive in any way.
  • For cancellations between 15-3 days before the trip, 35% of the total fee will be kept, and for cancellations 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled date of departure, there will be no refund.