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This is a must when visiting Istanbul. Its history is so rich you will want to stay at least an hour. If the queues are long (say, more than 45 minutes queuing time) do get one of the many guides available (they are certified) around...More
We visited in March 2019. The entire complex, and not just the main building, is fantastic. Even though there was a fair bit of reconstruction happening, we loved our visit. Especially worthwhile to understand the places history to appreciate it better. Personally, I really liked...More
If you are a history buff like myself and appreciate architecture, you should not miss a visit to this place! It's truly a feast on the eye and very beautiful with a very fascinating juxtaposition of Islam and Christian elements throughout the structure. They have...More
With the huge line-ups to get in, I had high expectations but felt disappointed once I got in. The inside is going through restoration that blocks good section. I do understand that they would have lost lots of the church furniture when it was repurposed...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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