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Historic Areas of Istanbul

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We were in the heart of the historical district

We were able to get around on foot, and use the metro line. We were able to see so many sites in the two days we were there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

We were able to get around on foot, and use the metro line. We were able to see so many sites in the two days we were there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

My wife and I enjoyed the amount of places to visit, be it mosques, museums, monuments, squares etc. Lots of history and well mixed with a busy and populated city. Istanbul, like Cairo in Egypt offers a lot to go see for any tourist regardless of his/her tastes or wishes. Recommended

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This is a very historical city that offers a lot to see from sightseeing to mosques, historical sites etc. It has a wide range of superb restaurants local and foreign cuisines. Worth visiting !

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

You can not imagine how possible that many must see(places) in a city. your days will never be enough to see all in Istanbul even if you spend a month. But, be carefull of being cheated by TAXI drivers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

There are so many beautiful and interesting historic areas of Istanbul it really is amazing. Be sure to visit the Turkish Baths (Hamams) and visit every one of the historic mosques and also the Hague Sophia for contrast. Do treat yourself to a lovely outdoor dining experience to see all the lights come up on the bridge.

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

So much too see...loved Istanbul and spent nearly an hour in the blue mosque alone ,its kept really clean, lots of signs to direct you to each historic building...but watch out for the guys wanting you to visit carpet shops,they get commission even thou they will say they own the shop ...they don't, the carpets are so overpriced if you... More 

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Al about Istanbul is just completely different form European style of cities...unbelievably open and diverse with all the mosques...the bays and open sea, lovely picturesque streets, etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Where else in the world do you get this much history in one small old town. Very walkable old town that spans both Byzantine (eastern roman) and Ottoman empires. Make sure to visit sites from both periods.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A wonderful, historical city. Everything is in walking distance around Sultanahmet. Visit the underground cistern, the Topkapi palace, aya Sophia, Sultanahmet mosque and the hippodrome. Also the grand bazzar is not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I stayed at the Berce Hotel in old Istanbul from where I could walk to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia and the bazaars really easily.

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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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