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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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Type: Historic Sites
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Sydney, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Lots of history , Ottoman empire times well worth spending a couple days looking around . Places are well signed and easy to walk between the sites

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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Jewellery and clock exhibition at Topkapi, roman Cistern was really impressive, definately not to be missed

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

do not leave istanbul before see them Sultanahmet, Ayasofya and Topkapı.. and many more.. and of course Cistern!! u can buy for all this museums one ticket for 3 days! istanbul pass , just ask it at the entrance of Hagia Sofia!!

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Stoke On Trent
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38 reviews 38 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

That was our first time in Istanbul. Hope we will come back soon. You can walk day or night time safe. Beautiful places to visit and Wonderful people around.

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Sheffield
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

So much to see. So much history. Vibrant. Romantic. Definitely worth a visit. A definite must and well worth the trip to Istanbul.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I am no history buff but I love old architecture and old streets and Istanbul has both old and new with a great tram system that links easily with the funicular railway to give easy access to all the city. We got the tram and funicular up to Taksim Square and then walked for hours visiting the Galata Tower, back... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Loved shopping in The Grand Bazaar and spice market. It's also worth a walk across the bridge to the Asian side. It was a lot cleaner than I thought and we didn't see any flies. People were friendly but a bit pushy when trying to get you to buy or eat in their restaurant - you kind of get used... More

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La Grange Park, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I recommend the Rick Steve's book walk; it hits all the sights and gives geat insights as well. Don't mind the hawkers, and don't get involved in conversations, most want to sell you something. It's all good natured, though.

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George
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

All the sights Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower, Church at Chora, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market etc etc as well as the excellent food this clean, friendly city is certainly worth a visit. An assault on all your senses. Public transport is outstanding with trams, buses, trains and metro covering most areas of Istanbul. (Get an Istanbulkart - inexpensive way... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

The historic areas of Istambul are the place to learn about the meeting of Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam, ancient and modern, rich and poor, exotic and standard.

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