Istanbul, Turkey

Crash Course in Byzantine History

with Tansel K.

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Tansel K.

Come and learn about the transition from Rome to Ottoman Empire right next to the original Byzantine Palace of Bucoleon. With pictures and video, we'll go over the establishment of Constantinople, the main events such as the Nika revolt, the 4th crusade and the conquest. Best of all, this entire crash course is done over lunch in the garden that is included.

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$40
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for 3 hours


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Tansel K.

I was born and raised in the old city of Istanbul. My family has been living next to the Byzantine Palace of Bucoleon for the last 100 years. After the world war, my grandfather bought the land from our neighbours, the Cagaloglu family. They have been living there since 16th century and gave their name to the district famous for the governors office and newspaper industry. I'm a computer engineer by education and I had the opportunity to work for Fortune 500 companies such as Intel and Qualcomm. My team implemented History Calls, an audio and video guide covering the monuments of the city. For the last six years, I'm a councillor of the city responsible for foreign relations. During my mandate, I hosted numerous guests ranging from Hollywood celebrities to presidents. I always enjoy revisiting the street of the city and talking about it's past, present and it's people. My hobby is magic. So if you are interested, I'll be happy to perform for you during our trips. Full profile


15 Reviews

Lina N.

Tansel and his place are wonderful. He met me as soon as I arrived, and he provided support til the minute I left, including coming by to say goodbye and calling a taxi for me to the airport. We talked about the city, politics, art. He is like a living library. I would highly recommend his tour. I look forward to my return.


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