Sultanahmet District

Sultanahmet District, Istanbul: Hours, Address, Sultanahmet District Reviews: 4.5/5

Sultanahmet District
4.5
Neighbourhoods • Historic Walking Areas
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
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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sophia f
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK160 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
I’d be shocked if you don’t get scammed. But it’s a grEat place to stay would highly recommend.
Just have a look round first and take it easy. Don’t buyANYTHING ON YOUR FIRST THREE DAYS. Just walk and ask prices.
Look for the better deals and never say you’re from a “rich” country
Written 25 May 2022
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Juan Gustavo P
Louisville, Kentucky, United States27 contributions
May 2022
Full of travelers and visitors.
Hundreds of stores and restaurants.
Safe to walk on your own.
I enjoy visiting mosques and Hypodromus
Written 20 May 2022
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Kartini
4 contributions
May 2022
This Sultanahmet district is beatiful with local and foreign tourists on every corner. People eat and dine on the restaurant compound, others are enjoying the delicious smells of doner, kebap, and so forth - a variety of menus to choose from. The place is so lively.
Written 17 May 2022
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Deetee100
London, UK1,619 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Every corner you turn there’s a new, spectacular view. The whole area is an assault on the senses and it’s completely free to browse! This part of Istanbul will not disappoint and even in the most commercialised tourist locations, prices are very fair and the welcome is warm.
Written 15 May 2022
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jonazrael
4 contributions
May 2022
If you like shopping and eating, this is the area for you ===and you can visit many of + the major tourist sights of Istanbul.
Written 14 May 2022
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Clark N
London, UK2 contributions
May 2022
ive been there during Eid celebration. It was super crowdded. We had to wait thee for everything long ques. but still good area for tourists
Written 10 May 2022
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Ron B
Lawrenceville, GA127 contributions
Dec. 2021
We visited here in December of 2020 actually, before Covid, so there weren't any restrictions about travel and masks. We stayed in a very nice hotel in the older part of Istanbul, very near the Basilica Cister, the Haggia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome. To be able to walk to all of these places in minutes was so great. And it wasn't that far to walk to the Grand Bazaar. Istanbul is so full of history, such am amazing place. And the people were so friendly and hospitable. Food was fantastic. Of all the places we have visited and vacationed, this is the one place that we always say we would really love to go back and visit again.
Written 2 May 2022
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Liviu M
Iasi, Romania6 contributions
Apr. 2022
Hagia Sophia ... Impressive, great, unparalleled in what built the most beautiful man. The exterior is massive and austere, but the interior is great even today, after hundreds of years of being robbed and neglected. A jewel of world architecture and a place of the greatness of the Christian religion, through which every Christian should pass in order to feel its power, which cannot be overshadowed by the prayers of the Muslims who fill it each day. You live history when you cross its threshold and you suffer when you see the massive doors stripped of ornaments, the icons covered or left folded through the galleries, the marble floor blunted to the ground by the footprints of pilgrims who trod it one thousand five hundred years. Greatness, holiness and unparalleled beauty.
Written 1 May 2022
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Susan D
Cairo, Egypt116 contributions
Mar. 2022
There are some wonderful places to visit if you are staying in this area or visit it. The famous Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Archaeological Museum, Topkapi Palace, and more. It's fairly easy to walk around and take the tram to the fabulous Dolmabahce Palace. If the Grand Bazaar is too overwhelming, check out the Arasta Bazaar. The vendors are more relaxed. There are two super chill shops in this area with honest owners. Deco Gifts and Carpet ran by Saban Bayram and Haru Carpet Kilims & Souvenirs ran by Osman Bor. Excellent English and Osman is also fluent in Japanese as he was a chef there for 10 years.
Written 25 April 2022
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Narges M
24 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Family
No entrance fee.
You could freely go and take photos.
Nice place for 1 day visit.
Beside that, there is a local bazaar from where you can buy cheap souvenirs
Written 11 April 2022
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