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Sultanahmet District

Address: Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
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Ranked #3 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions...
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

The Sultanahmet District is the old town of Istanbul and is, in my opinion, now a mainly tourist district that doesn't represent the contemporary city. The overall feel of the area, sadly, is a theme park version of Turkey during the Ottoman period. If you are looking to experience the 'real' Istanbul, rather than ticking off a checklist of famous... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Definitely hart if Istanbul, beware of tricky locals trying to sell you cheep tickets to Sultanahmet Camii.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

This area has many old buildings, restaurants, and shops. Well connected to other parts of Istanbul with the Metro.

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Athens, Greece
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Sultanahmet District is the main area that we visitited again and agian and again… Is the place were all the tourists meet and nearby you can find AyiaSofia, Blue Mosk, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, Agia Eirini and much much more. The Tram T1 is the easiest and chepiest way to go. With the Instabulcard it cost 2,15TL and if you use... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

This historic district has been destroyed by mass tourism. Don't stay in this district. Try to see the mosques and museums on slow days. Don't eat here.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

An area of considerable charm and style, it is full of hotels yet somehow manages not to feel too touristy. Very close to the old city sites of historic interest, it is worth using this area as a base for any visit

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Mosselbay
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Its a overload to the senses at some points,but so worth it. You feel the buzz and you are aware of all the history around you. Some people might think its magical. Takecthe time and wonder around ,there is sooo much to see and experience

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Everything a visitor should visit and enjoy is here in Sultanahmet. The streets are lovely, many boutique hotels and nice places to eat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

If you have a chance to visit there you can find too much turkish delight round. And the historical places are nearly all round there. You gonna like this place. if you go there follow the smell of coffee and you gonna find Mehmet Efendi. He has the best coffee so you can buy some of them. I think coffe... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Sultanahmet is magical and almost untouched by passing time. It is a perfect location not only for the sights, but also to stay - if you would like to experience the real spirit of the old town/ city.

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