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Sultanahmet District

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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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Istanbul Small-Group, 1-Day Walking Tour including Hagia Sophia
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Morning Tour of Istanbul Old Town
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Such a lovely area

Once you get in you will this local taste of Istanbul, all the historical places surrounding you , Corn and Maron sellers , the call for prayers you hear , a very nice atmosphere... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Suzan R
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Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Once you get in you will this local taste of Istanbul, all the historical places surrounding you , Corn and Maron sellers , the call for prayers you hear , a very nice atmosphere that you would fall in love with, and will always think of coming back.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is perfect and in walking distance to blue mosque, haga Sophia, topkapi, cisterns and grand bazaar! Entire area is cobble stoned so best wear very comfortable shoes. Full of cafes, rip off shops, convenience stores and even Starbucks and McDonald's!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An historical places, hospitality everywhere, you can touch an old Ottoman Empire Yerebatan Cistern, green parks,mosques goes on and on love it

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Thank ebru1011
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great atmosphere, lots of good photos, alone or with company, historical place and lots of bazar (Although high priced, Isteklal St. have more convenient prices for souvenirs), easy to reach by Metro

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Thank Mohammed S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It nice place u can see all onown historical places as top capi, blue mosque, aya sofia, water tank, and the historical columns If u came in winter u have to eat chest nuts and the circle bread

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to Istanbul 6x since 1999. Always stay in this area, it's awesome and full of so much history and culture. The people are amazing and really friendly. Very touristy as well as down to earth. This truly is the best city on Europe ( if you confer it Europe), one of my favorite places on Earth. My wife... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

1:Praying time you can not go inside 2:For muslums, you can perform ablution outside only, so attention in winter 3:Carry something for cover your hair

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice area, it has big bazar that you'll find many different speciality shops, spices, food & antiques. Nice area to visit.

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Bath UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great area to stay in, near attractions including main Bazaar, lots of good restaurants who cater for vegetarians.

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Woking, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

History, food and culture. It's worth coming just to experience Istanbul's wonderful public transport system. We walked, got a metro train, then a funicular, then a tram! All comfy, clean, inexpensive and efficient. London, learn from this!

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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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