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Historic Areas of Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #1 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
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Balzan, Malta
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

centuries of history in walking distance and amazing history to see! amazing architecture and history without the overload

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

We picked a weekend that was a four day holiday locally. This meant very long ques. We were not prepared to wait in line for hours. Decided to go to,less well,know but very beautiful mosques by the Egyptian market. We took the open top bus trip this was a disaster as the traffic was horrendous and took an hour longer... More

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New York, NY
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44 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This is one of the great walks in any city. We walked up and down Istikal in order to find places and to shop as well as to eat. We also walked in a lot of the older sections of town known as the Istanbul Soho, where there are lots of stores and galleries. It is hard to find galleries... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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37 reviews 37 reviews
33 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

very pleasent walk to all the main attractions such as the mosques, fountains, parks. Good food and nice for shopping. Enjoy! :)

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New York City, New York
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

It is a combination of European and Eastern. It is old and new...and it is just beautiful...The food did not disappoint either...The Spice Market is fun...the Grand Bazaar so so except if you know where to go for pocketbooks and scarves..what a city...wonderful

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Don't go during national holidays. We went during Eid holidays and it was crazy busy :) and crowded. You can't enter the museums or the mosques. You can't find taxis and the boat ride is impassible :) take the bus hop on hop off. It is worth it

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Love all the Mosques, the Topkapi Palace, Harem the best not to forget, Agia Sophia, the Bosphorous cruise, all the bazaars specially the spices one.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

It was great to observe history change over centuries but a distinct continuity which ensured prosperity to an ever increasing population. Art and history is reasonably well preserved and explained. A great place to see the link between the mysterious orient and the west

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Bay Area, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

My favorite place to walk was Taksim Square! Beautiful buildings and they have a cable car that runs down the middle of the street. I also enjoyed visiting the Haga Sofia Museum. Incredible history. Gorgeous!! Trip of a lifetime, for sure!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

I used to think thenonly site ti visit was the 'Blue Mosque'....but i have been here 5 days and its been absolutely amazing and only wish i had another 2-3 days because there is soo much to do and see. Beautiful city!!

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