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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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Istanbul Small-Group, 1-Day Walking Tour including Hagia Sophia
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Need your walking boots

Everything is accessible by foot and can get very busy. May and June would be ideal months as the weather is pleasant. I went is April and it was really cold, similar to London... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everything is accessible by foot and can get very busy. May and June would be ideal months as the weather is pleasant. I went is April and it was really cold, similar to London. In August it is way to hot and uncomfortable.

Thank Samia B
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a must see area in istanbul.... You will see all the old architectures of this area like blue mosque and hagia sufia .... We like to visit this area every time we visit istanbul.... Tram is really very helpfull in this area...

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Can walk to most major sights. Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sofia, Grand Bazar, Etc. Many good hotels, restaurants. Highly recommended.

Thank David S
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was nice staying in this district for four nights. All the historical places are nearby. I found it quite sfae even in nights when most of the restaurents are still open and streets are not empty. Very loving and cordial people.

Thank kbbali
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

When in Istanbul for a short period of time I recommend staying in this area, it is close to every important landmark in the city.

Thank MRombach
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To say it's one of the world's most beautiful place is an understatement. Just fell in love with this district, the peace, beauty, awe of history, different civilisations and faiths. A must for visitors who appreciate taste and culture. Well done to the authority for the safe keeping, protection and tidiness of the area. An expectacular area with peace and... More 

Thank shazed m
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On my 3rd time to Istanbul, this district is good enough to keep on repeating to stroll around. Tourists are everywhere.

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is wonderful to walk around and see the shops and food and local people life style. I enjoyed my walk and see the people and buildings and tried the local food. Got to come and walk around

Thank lifecity
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This district has very beautiful views every where and historical places, museums, shops, cafes, restaurants, and nice hotels. I stayed there for five days.

Thank Aisha369
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you visit this area. It has lots of places to visit like mosques, shops, restaurants, cafes and it is near the grand bazaar.

Thank Sa S

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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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