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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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manchester
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

You want to visit Turkey must visit the Historic Areas.The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Topkapi Palac.Grand Bazaar, Turkish Baths, Camlica Hill, Cistern Basilica.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

If you have one day, you can try to squeeze Topkapi Palace, Agia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Underwater Cistern, and Grand Bazaar in one day. But you have to move quickly! If there is time left, catching the sunset from the Galata Tower will be the icing on the cake. You can see all the attractions I just mentioned from a... More

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

loved everything, food ppl places bars restutants caffes shopping weather everything in istanbul was amazing exept from taxi drivers!! they drive very fast!!!!!

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torquay
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

we went on a tour all around istanbul learning about that one side of city is in europe and other side of river is asia..fascinating architecture..mosques,universities,palaces and houses.plus the bridges crossing the bosphorus river..we also had a boat trip up the river which was great....i would love to visit again spending more time there

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Nashville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Wonderful sights filled with history. We were on a bus tour with friends and a wonderful narator. Love seeing beautiful mosque and the spice market place was unbelievable. Lots of people and very fast pace. The food was very very good there. Meat balls a popular food. Such an experience seeing how the different cultures. Wonderful museumsL

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed all the historical places only disliked the bargaining and some shop keepers who tried to cheat us.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were so fortunate to visit Istanbul now again after our first time since 2007. It was just wonderful to have the opportunity to visit once more all the historic and tourist places. Istanbul became more cosmopolitan, but still feeds ones senses in every way. We just enjoyed to stroll through the streets from one tourist attraction to another buying... More

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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Try if you can to use jet lag to your advantage and see the old city before everyone else rises. We came upon the hippodrome at 5:30 in the morning, and found ourselves totally alone with the morning light. Three hours later the plaza was packed with tourists and peddlers. Try if you can.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Its nothing great. Just ok. Topkapi palace is amazing. Just that leave early in the morning as there are long ques. Drink lots of water.

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Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Area full of people, smells and interesting alleys. Let alone the beaten path which is also amazing!

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