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Sultanahmet District

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Address: Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34012, Turkey

The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including...

The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.

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The area is beautiful and well maintained The mosque is an excellent work of art especially from inside

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The area is beautiful and well maintained The mosque is an excellent work of art especially from inside

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There are lots of photo ops in this area. Numerous sites to see all in an easy travel distance. German Fountain, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Cistern.

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A place where you can get lodging and foods at reasonable price. Mostly of the people here are friendly.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sultanahmet district is the best place to stay in istanbul as far as i think.It is close to major historical attractions like Hagia sophia ,Blue mosque,Topkapi palace ,Cisterns,grand bazar ,spice bazar ,sulemania mosque and three other museums.it has Arasta bazar. Lots and lots of restaurants,tram stations and close to bhosphorus boat ride starting points.surrounded by baklava and turkish delight shops... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This district is the beating heart of Istanbul, where East meets West, History Meets the Present, where Asia meets Europe. Steeped in history, the beautiful mosques with their calls to prayer, the Grand Bazaar, the stunning views of the Bosphorous, 4 days in Sultanahmet was not enough. We managed the Topkapi Museum, the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, The Suleymana... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Sultanahmet Mosque is one of the Selatin Mosques. It is found in the same square as the Hagia Sophia. But it has its own characteristics. The Blue Mosque is known as Blue Mosque by strangers because of the blue tiles inside. 6 minerals are rare. There is also a story from the entrance to the obelisk to the dome... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

By staying in the Sultanahmet District, the main attractions in Istanbul seem to be all within walkable reach. We were there for a long weekend, and having the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Cistern, Grand Bazaar and various museums all within walking reach was ideal. Additionally water tours of the Bosphorous also tend to leave from this area.

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Decent place to base yourself. I got the E11 bus from SAW airport then the Kadikoy ferry. Cost me about £2 / 9l and was a nice sightseeing trip! Love wandering the streets here and stopping for an occasional tea. See what's the cheapest you can find is. Mine was 20p / 1l but gave a 400% tip!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Heart of Istanbul.Best place to stay nice hotels Shops and lots of fun I wish I can stay there longer. Turkish tea and food is amazing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

all the important landmarks are within walking distance from one another: the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, The Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome; it is also nice to walk around the area; many stalls here sell all sorts of Turkish snacks eg grilled chestnuts, grilled corn, simit etc

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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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