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Sultanahmet District

Address: Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
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Type: Neighborhoods, Historic walking areas, Other, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Historic walking areas, Other, Sights & Landmarks
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Worth a go around this region. Beautiful but very crowded. People around are friendly but be careful as the price will also be blown out of proportion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

You can just walk to most major attractions, at the same time shop and eat to your hearts' content. Lovely park with wonderful sights. Going to other parts of Istanbul is easy with the tram service. Friendly locals will not hesitate to help. My trip was incomplete because of the snow which limited my movements, but I'd love to go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

My Husband and I were here for a long weekend - Friday to Monday. This is just about the right amount of time to see the main attractions if you go on foot, however we would have liked to stay longer to really explore the district and go to the Grand Bazaar again. There are some awsome places - the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Sultanahmet is fantastic FOR A DAY. Visit; see the Blue Mosque, the Cistern, Hagia Sofia, wander around and have a snack and a break. After that see Topkapi palace then if you've got any energy left the hippodrome or mosaic museum. If not, you have no reason to stay here. You've seen it all. As delightful as it may have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Recommend staying in this area if in Istanbul only for a short period. All attractions - Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Archeology Museum, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Galata Bridge and Sulemania Mosque are within walking distance. Take the Tram if you want to give your feet a rest. In terms of markets and restaurant, the "mall" area... More 

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Beccles, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We dined every night in a different place and the food was excellent. For a meat eater and vegetarian it is food heaven. The staff were all multilingual, polite and attentive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The sights were fabulous, like nothing we had seen before. Easy to walk to everything. The Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar were highlights.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Best place to stay for a first time visit to Istanbul. The old part of the city has beautiful museums and buildings to visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I didn't expected that I could see Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in snow. They were incredibly beautiful. It was so amazing that I went to see them again in the evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This is a place to just get lost and enjoy. The attractions are mind - blowing, the restaurants legion and the hotels can be very good. It is walkable and at the end of the day you can always go to a Turkish Bath. Great retail therapy and entertainment in the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar. Mind - blowing... More 

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