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Historic Areas of Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #1 of 641 attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We opted to stay in the old city area while we were in Istanbul, and were very happy with our choice. The mosques and historic Sultan's palace were within walking distance. We also walked to the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar, which were longer walks, but still manageable. There is a commuter light rail that you can take which is... More

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

We did a two centre holiday in Istanbul. The first week in the European side we stayed in a small, very friendly, very clean hotel, Tulip House Hotel. We arrived late at night and my wife uses a wheelchair. When the reception man saw it he said, I put you in a room with a lovely view on the fifth... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

If you love history, a visit to Istanbul is a must. Not only Istanbul has maintained the heritage, they have taken utmost care to ensure that tourists go back with a memory that last forever.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The sights are fabulous - don't miss the Blue Mosque, Ayia Sofia, Topkapi :Palace, Basilica Cistern etc. You don't need a review to tell you this!!

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Beechworth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Very interesting these and the Ottoman palaces. We developed a far greater awareness. Of the impact of these Two civilisations on the world.

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Denver, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Icons minarets churches sculptures. A peaceful place for an architect. Try Ottoman cuisine spicy and delicious. Be careful with taxi drivers

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Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Hagia Sophia is a kind of wonder. It is really amazing building which is 1500 years old building and still standing up as impressive as all time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The historic area is very easy to walk around. The furthest we had to walk was 10 mins to the grand bazaar, but that was also a pleasent walk. A good place to explore on your own.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

We stayed there in May 2014, in a studio apartment near Taksim, just off the Istiklal Street. The location is central, with access to public transport and good cafés. Day 1: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia museum, Topkapi Palace with lunch at the Konak restaurant within the palace grounds. Tram to Grand Bazaar and then relax with the Bosphorous Cruise operated... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

There was nothing to dislike, I loved everywhere, everyone and everything! The monuments are sensational and beautifully looked after, the local people are kind, helpful and respectful. The food is marvellous. I have no adverse comments to make except I wish I had been there for longer!

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