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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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In this area you have to bargain until you sweat! You can find a lot of shops in the streets around / near the main attraction ( the mosque in addition to many options of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In this area you have to bargain until you sweat! You can find a lot of shops in the streets around / near the main attraction ( the mosque in addition to many options of restaurants You can buy dress accessories, bags , shoes , home stuff and bags It's equipped with a Tramvay which you can use to move... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice area to wander around, I actually stayed here and enjoyed it. Lots of places and things to eat! And obviously some fascinating history in the area

Thank StigDellaCorsa T
Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really like this district. I feel the soul of Ottoman there. I feel comfortable and happy when I see the historical remains of Ottoman Empire.

Thank Zeynep K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Historically and religion place for all tourists. Very huge mosque. You must remove your shoes to enter this fabulous mosque.

Thank SKY S
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65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Last week, our group of 2 returned to Sultanahmet area for a 2-night stay, as we've done every spring in recent years. This time it felt very quiet, subdued, compared to April 2016... clearly, the large groups of European & Asian tourists were missing, but we were glad for the serenity, and did not miss those busloads of noisy tourists.... More 

Thank AlphaXplor
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing mix of new buildings and old buildings, bustling with tourists. Great transport links, lovely food shops, quaint souvenir shops. Cats and dogs lazing around. Friendly pleasant people. All amenities easily available for tourists

Thank asmasiddiqui73
Springfield, Virginia
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Honestly this place to me was the most fascinating of all the places I have traveled. Istanbul and this place in particular is so rich in history. This is where east and west came together. This city represents the flavors of the world as a whole.

Thank Tan A
Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

History everywhere.Sultan Ahmed district is the oldest part of city.If you are visiting Istanbul for the first time stay here! You must see to Grand Bazaar

Thank ipolit
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sister? Miss? Hello! Hello? Excuse me! Lots of random men calling me out as I walked past their stalls. It made me uncomfortable as I walked and had to ignore. The first few times I did respond back and the conversation was always: where are you from? How long you will be here? Come in have a look! We have... More 

Thank W W
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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62 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

is the heart of the old city, you can visit several place around, blue mosque, hippodrome , Hagia Sophia , grand bazar and egyption or spice bazar then rest near the Bosporus close to the yenni mosque have the best Turkish tea and konafe'

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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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