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Address: Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34012, Turkey
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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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I could go on for ages but I will keep this short..this is a must see area of Istanbul and perfect for couples, tourists and families. You have the beautiful landmarks that make... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I could go on for ages but I will keep this short..this is a must see area of Istanbul and perfect for couples, tourists and families. You have the beautiful landmarks that make Istanbul so magical along with a vast array of restaurants and hotels and parks. You won't be disappointed and you need at least a couple of days... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Get on the Tram at Kabatas, and arrive in a completely different culture in Sultanahmet. The area around the Spice Market is my favorite.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

beautiful tourists spot everything is in waking distance.If you are into food dont look any further.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I thought there would be activities to do there but i was wrong the place looked nice and full of people alot of souvenir shops but nothing to do in specific unless you're going to the museum .

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Thank Haypha A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you only have a day or two in Istanbul and want to experience as much as you can, I would recommend you stay in this area. Everything is within walking distance - Hagia Sophia, blue mosque, spice bazaar, grand bazaar, galata bridge. Bring walking shoes and you won't need to deal with taxis or metros!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

No istanbul visit is complete without a trip to Sultan Ahmed area. Best way to get there is tram, don't take a taxi. Actually don't take a taxi in Istanbul ever, Uber is safer and better option. A morning visit is recommended and in 4 hours you can see Hagia Sophia, blue mosque, Bascilia cistern and have lunch

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Sultanahmet District is where you want to be when you visit Istanbul. A majority of the attractions are in this area. Many tend to be in walking distance from hotels/private residences. This place also has some great shopping and food. Definitely recommend this district to people planning to visit Istanbul :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful district. Lots of history .manthey side roads which takes one back centuries. Lots of restaurants, roadside eating places. Lots of shopping opportunities but one needs to haggle. Lots of walking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with friends to sultan Ahmet and saw the blue mosque from outside as they have limited numbers of people to enter per day. Will for sure go again and try to enjoy it from the inside. Historical place and only mosque in the world to be church too at the same time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you're in Istanbul for a short period of time, make sure you check out Sultanahmet. Here you have the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basiclia Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Gulhane park, loads of museums and other sights and it's all together in less than a square mile.

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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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