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Address: Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including...
The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
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Not on a Sunday

I have recently been back to Sultanahmet on Sunday and was surprised to see how empty it feels on that day of the week. Sure, the service personnel is more relaxed and you can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain
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211 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

I have recently been back to Sultanahmet on Sunday and was surprised to see how empty it feels on that day of the week. Sure, the service personnel is more relaxed and you can find virtually empty gems like a tea garden, but in total I much prefer the area on a bustling workday...

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Algiers, Algeria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

The place is very lively at night and restaurants are open till late. Its lovely to sit outside in one of the cafe's and enjoy the place.There are some beautiful souvenir shops to visit around. There is one particular shop called SABARU which makes lamps from pumpkin shells you must visit.The art work is incredible.

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El Dorado Hills
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Heart of the very historical old city of Istanbul - a must visit. From Suleymanye mosque at one end to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazar, just this are will take at least two whole days.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This part of Istanbul is magical. The sights/aromas of the shops and restaurants are fantastic. Make it a point to walk around this area!

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Ashland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I have to come back to Istanbul , the shopping here is any woman's dream !!!! The people are friendly, if a bit pushy , and you have to learn quickly when to say no , but all in all a wonderous and wonderful place .

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Beirut, Lebanon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

It was one of my favorite places i have ever been to because it has historically value,great place to eat and have fun day and night

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ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

What can you say about this beautiful, historic area? The Blue mosque, Ayia Sofia Hippodrome Basilica cistern,the Grand Bazaar, The colour and buzz of the area. A place that should be included in everyone`s travel itinerary.

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Petham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We stayed in this area so much to see and so much to do. Great night time atmosphere with many restrauants and bars. This area also is home to many of Istanbuls historic gems

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

You can easily forget yourself touring this area. In addition to the best touristic attractions in Istanbul (Aya Sofiya, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi, etc.), there are so many restaurants where you can enjoy a nice lunch or dinner, or just even a break with a nice Turkish wine or beer, or just a tea.

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NSW
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I would have liked more time here! So much to see and experience, probably better to go very early in the morning to avoid big crowds.

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Address: Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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