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Historic Areas of Istanbul

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for me the best ctiy in this World and most be capital ctiy of the allov the World has the best lokacion and a breege from eourup to asia süper

Reviewed 10 March 2015
dersim m
Istanbul, Turkey
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Saudi Arabia
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2015

Istanbul is a place rich with history, an absolute must visit at least once in any trip, I actually see my self visiting the area ,multiple times

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 10 March 2015

for me the best ctiy in this World and most be capital ctiy of the allov the World has the best lokacion and a breege from eourup to asia süper

Thank dersim m
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 10 March 2015

The beauty of the old city with old buildings, mosques and palaces cannot be described in words. See it for yourself.The food is one of the best I have tasted across the world.Bought a few beautiful Turkish chandeliers.Will visit the place again for sure.

Thank Prasad M
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2015

If you like Islamic art then visit Istanbul! Go to Sultanahmet area to see all the historical places. You need at least a week to justify visiting Istanbul.

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Fort Lauderdale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2015

The Hagia Sophia is a must see! The entire old city is beautiful. I recomend visiting in March as the crowds are much less.

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Reviewed 9 March 2015

We loved seeing all the rich history of Istanbul in the historic area. Don't miss the Bosporus Cistern, the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. Each one is closed on one day of the week so you really need a good week to see all of the amazing sites and soak up the rich culture.

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Newport, Sth.Wales
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2015

You can't go wrong anywhere in Istanbul - history is all around you. The Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar are particularly interesting as is the History of Islamic Science and Technology Museum just behind the Tourist Office in Gulhane Park.

1 Thank loftyrob
North West England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2015

Been back from Istanbul a week. An amazing city. Had an excellent 4 nights. Stayed in Sultanhamet district. I think the best place to stay if visiting the major sights is Sultanhamet. Felt safe at all times including a couple of quite late nights. They have finally got the money to repair the main sights consequently a small amount of... More 

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Crosby, Texas
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Reviewed 8 March 2015

Istanbul is more than what you would think. The people are so nice and the city is amazing. I was a single woman walking around and I felt safe and the people couldn't of been nicer. I keep getting lost and everyone was so very helpful. I'm going back and can't wait to be able to explore more. I set... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 8 March 2015

The legacy of Ottoman Empire era. Must visit places in Istanbul.The places are well maintained and good facilities.

Thank Shikin_Ismail

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Staying in Sultanahmet

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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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