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Historic Areas of Istanbul

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Steeped in history

Amazing historic buildings, very crowded, not easy to travel by taxi, use trams, plenty of lovely authentic bars & cafe's along the way!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Sitges, Spain
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Amazing historic buildings, very crowded, not easy to travel by taxi, use trams, plenty of lovely authentic bars & cafe's along the way!

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Erbil Province, Iraq
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I will start to speak about the reception staff, there is not enough words to express thanks and gratitude to them for tact, ethics, professional, Mr. Tolga, Mr. Sinan Ms. Toba and third person does not remember the name, and there is pretty nice and professional girl her name Jamela. Again Thanks and gratitude to all the hotel staff for... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

All the attractions are near to each other in Sultan Ahmet, so one can just walk to all of them in a day. I walked to the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Gulhane Park, Eminou pier to see the Galata Bridge and Tower, and the Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar. I only went inside the Spice Bazaar, due to some attractions cost... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I love the the mixture of old and new, Islam and Christanity, Europe and Asia, deep rooted culture and mordenism and is people.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

All of them are beautiful and full of history. So many Roman sites and the Ottoman empire architecture, it is truly amazing.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Istanbul has history, as we all know, and it is nice to visit as much as you can, but at the end, I would have enjoyed just as much just walking on every possible street and feeling the vibe.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It can take several days to visit all the historical sights in the Old town. Best to hire a guide to explain all the hidden treasures within your sights. There is so much to see and do. Walking around the town and learning how to use the T1, M1 and M2 is best.

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Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities in the world specialy for history lovers. you can smell the history in every stone in this city. the goverment did great job by keeping and saving the old buildings and mosques.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We spent the day in the Old City with our private tour guide Gurzin Ertan. She speaks English, Turkish and Italian, by the way! We not only learned some of the history and cultural aspects of Turkey in general, but also about specfic sites such as the Hagia Sophia, Topkopi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cisterns, Gulhane Park, The... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The historic sites in Istanbul is truly a must see and was the highlight of our visit. The ancient historical sites comprising 2 great empires were truly magnificent and everything was in close proximity of each other. The architecture and devotion to religious beliefs were clearly evident through the extremities of grandeur, from design to craftsmanship.

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