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Historic Areas of Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #1 of 642 attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The inner structure amazing art and skill to build the amazing mosque. Loved Istanbul what an amazing city and what amazing people

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Constanta, Constanta, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

There are no words to describe this amazing city.we visited hagia sofia, hagia irene, sultan ahmet( blue mosque), suleymaniye cami, the arheological museum, gulhane park, galata tour, the grand bazar and went on a Bosforus tour! This city is full of life and the people are very nice! Hope to see you soon, beautiful Istanbul!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely area to stay, one is close to the trams, as well as the Aga Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi, as well the Cistern. A perfect start for first-time visitors to this great city.

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

All historical sites are close by and easy reached by foot the cost of entry is also cheap and waiting times are very good

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Old cobbled streets, the Blue Mosque, is spectacular. I took a private guide and spent time exploring Istanbul. One of the very attractive features is that all the major sites of interest are within walking distance of each other. I personally loathed the Grand Bazaar - in my opinion its a tourist rip off, but it is somewhere perhaps one... More

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Islamabad, Pakistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you roam around in Istanbul you would find that Turkish government has done a nice job in preserving its historical heritage. I would advise travelers to diversify their experience especially in turkey most of the mosques look alike probably they were designed by one designer. If you have planned to come to Istanbul by your own car I would... More

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Muscat, Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

History that comes alive, mesmerizing art and culture, panoramic views, great shopping... and adorable cats everywhere : ) This was our second trip and each time, this city just takes my breath away. Sultanahmet gets my vote for the most atmospheric area to stay in, and it's close to many of the historical sites as well. We passed the Blue... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Being from the west coast of the USA, seeing a building that is 100 years old amazes me, yet in Istanbul there are so many things that are hundreds or thousands of years old!

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Historical explorer , we liked all tours including Bosphorus, Mosque, Palace, our Hotel Balkan Express is at nice position, very welcoming staff, clean.

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Xewkija, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

If you love history and culture then you must visit the historic areas of Istanbul. If you're travelling alone make sure to have read about the places beforehand to truly appreciate more the surroundings.

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