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Roman & Byzantium Sports Heritage Tour, Istanbul

Created with Sketch. Istanbul, Turkey
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Duration

3 hours

Cancellation

No Cancellation

Group Size

15 people

Languages

English

Overview

My name is Yagiz Ozan. I am a Fener fan who had studied Sport Communication and worked at sports organizations. The sports and urban culture of Istanbul is my passion!
 
This tour introduces you to the oldest derby game of Constantinople. Yes, it is older than Fenerbahçe v Galatasaray derby.
 
In the 19th century, establishing sports clubs and playing football was forbidden for Muslim and Turkish people due to Ottoman rules. Because of the laws, the first local sports clubs were formed by Armenian and Greek citizens of the Ottoman Empire. They have been highly active in different sports in this magical city since the late 1890s.
 
Tatavla Sporting Club of Armenian Ottomans is the oldest living club in Istanbul. Senior members of Beyoğlu Sporting Club had immigrated to Greece and established AEK and PAOK clubs. These two clubs have basketball and ping-pong courts in their building. If the courts are available, we will have a friendly game with members or each other.
 
In the middle of two legendary clubs, there was a Taxim Stadium at Gezi Parkı. Let’s imagine how was the first Ottoman Olympics performed here.
 
If you are lucky enough to spend a Saturday in Istanbul, I’ll show you the Dolapdere flea market at night. 
 
I offer competitive prices for each group size. The more people in your group, the less you would pay.
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Play basketball and listen to stories about Armenian heritage of Istanbul
  • Play ping-pong and learn how was Greek football affected by the end of the Ottoman Empire
  • Listen to the story of the first tidy stadium of Constantinople
  • Visit Dolapdere Flea Market (if tour is on a Saturday)
  • Drink frappe with Greek milk

Included/Excluded

  • Visit club house and basketball free shot
  • Story of the Taxim Stadium which ceased to exist in 1940
  • Visit club house and play ping-pong
  • Walking tour for 4 hours
  • Greek frappe
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Attractions

Half-day Tours
Stadium Tours

Languages

English

Activity's Location

Created with Sketch. Istanbul, Turkey
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