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Historic Areas of Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #1 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Type: Historic Sites
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and Topkapi are absolutely stunning. Surroundings also very smart compared to our last visit 4 decades ago!

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wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The Blue Mosque and the Haghia Sofia are the sights that everyone goes to Istanbul to see, both are well worth a visit and you will not be disappointed but the queues can sometimes seem never ending best to get there early before they start to build up at the Hagia Sophia guides come along the line offering their services... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have travelled many big cities in the world specially in Europe & USA but Istanbul is one of the best. A walk from Taksim Square to Karakoy tram stop which is a pretty much straight road is a must which will give you the opportunity to see & feel the real Istanbul with different old buildings, shops, bars, &... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Istanbul is amazing. Spend at least 3 days to get the sites and enjoy the food. Avoid expensive restaurants. They are tourist traps.

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

l lıked istanbul it is everythıng ok l dont thınk bad somethıng they should go taksım istiklal street and old city they should not forget bosphorus

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Area was too crowded but it can be managed. Better that you go early in the mornig so you have plenty of time to see the places especially as the museum closes at 4.30 pm. We enjoy spice & grand bazaar! When buying i advise that you use turkish lira instead of euro or dollar. It's a lot more cheaper... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We came in spring, so lots of tulips blossoming, nice walking area, enjoying every corner of this old city. Just be careful there is trolley train passing by every 5 mins, very close by .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I loved everything about it. They were so quaint. The tiles in the mosques were beautiful. The Cisterns were really really pretty, even though it was dark underneath.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We went through the Historic Areas of Istanbul and major attractions nearby includes Haggia Sophia, Tokapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Grand Baazar and so on. Overall: 5 Stars

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

There are so many sites to choose from and from different cultures. Most of the sites are world class historical sites and some are built on a colossal scale. The downside is crowds and queuing, Topkapi palace especially.

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