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This place is remarkable inside out with beautiful ancient wall murals. The whole place exudes old nostalgic charm. Go early in the morning to avoid the crowd. The only thing that puts me off is the entry fee. At 60 liras per pax it was...More
Ayasofya is a beautiful building. The art and architecture are well preserved and maintenance that occurred during my tour shows that much care is taken to protect this great structure of history. The artworks on the wall are magnificent, especially since they signify both the...More
This place is obviously overrated, yet it is interesting to see. A church, which was converted into mosque and the only place that I saw in an Islamic country the name and picture of Marry and Jesus next to the name of prophet Mohammed and...More
Went to Aya Sofya without so much expectation as it could be one of those tourist trap. Nope it was not. This church later turn to be mosque is indeed a jewel. Even my 2 years old wee in awe because of its grandious size....More
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.
I personally feel that this is far too much to cover in one day. You could definitely do the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and maybe - if you're quick - the Topkapi Palace too. Topkapi actually took us half a... More
I personally feel that this is far too much to cover in one day. You could definitely do the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and maybe - if you're quick - the Topkapi Palace too. Topkapi actually took us half a day as the crowds made it slow to navigate. Plus we were listening to the audio guides as we went. Dolmabahce and Spize Bazar are tram/taxi rides away from the central vicinity in which all the other attractions are. I would also advise getting whatever ticket gets you to skip the queue. If you want to save on this, I would get to Topkapi as early in the day as possible and out the way. The Blue Mosque didn't really have a queue, just a bunch of people bustling through. The Hagia Sophia has tour guides hovering outside who you can hire and they give you a free queue pass too. Basilica we didn't do so I couldn't tell you what the queues were like there. If you do try to fit in Dolmabahce and Spice Bazar, do them last in that order. Spice Bazar is open later in the day so probably a last thing in the evening to do.
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