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Historic Areas of Istanbul

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Address: Istanbul, Turkey
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The Reason to Visit Istanbul

Just strolling around Sultanahmet, Karakoy, Beyoglu, and Kadikoy is reason enough to visit Istanbul.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just strolling around Sultanahmet, Karakoy, Beyoglu, and Kadikoy is reason enough to visit Istanbul.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Forget what you hear on the news and don't be afraid to come here. What you find here, is thousands of years of culture, architecture, artifacts and history; in a city, where walking around feels easy thus you walk dozens of kilometers every day, as there is so much to discover. With yummy street food everywhere and very friendly people... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a wonderful city.My first visit, and I hope not my last.With the water separating the city there is always something to see and observe.The people were friendly and helpful, and the place felt safe to walk around. Please consider going.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The historic areas of Istanbul are quite extensive with a multitude of great monumens (Camiis, Top Kapi, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sofia) to see and lots of restaurants to eat and shops to buy from.

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice area here in old town. Take the time to walk around and soak in the culture. This is the center of the world and is rich in history.

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This old residential street in Beyoğolü becomes a public market on Sunday. One block north of Omar Hayyam, just west of Tarlabaşı (downhill from Omar Hayyam bus stop).

Thank Manali K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No need to talk about so much about the area. You will be happy to be there for many reason , infact to understand of mankind built structures in the ages. Also different cultures left their footprints at that area.

Thank Serdar U
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum took me back to Centuries. A great preserved area with loud and clear secular message. Turkey is true secular country. Islam is practiced by majority yet no display of the same at public places, including hoardings and Islamic photographs. Really impressed by their secular image building, unlike some other secular countries where religion is exhibited everywhere, by show... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

it is very easy to get round in Istanbul, Walking is great, or you can get the tram, just buy the ticket at the airport, then top up when needed, just have a local map and wander

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Turkish Mediterranean Coast, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to learn more about the Ottoman empire.You have to visit historical areas in istanbul.Topkapı palace will give you a huge idea about the empire,their life style,weapons they used etc.It is better to visit with guide.All Sultan Ahmed area has spectacular places like blue mosque,basilica cistern.

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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