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Sultanahmet District

Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
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Ranked #3 of 641 attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Beware of shop keepers as most of them want to get the best out of a tourists pockets, heavy bargaining upto 50% on almost everything, has many Turkish delight(sweet) stores and some really cool clubs/pubs, good hookah bars

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Main Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Liked sitting in the small restaurants and watching all the activity. Initially we really disliked the constant hustling, particularly relating to the Bosphorus cruises and the incessant carpet shop hustlers; however we did find that a polite but very firm 'No thank you' was often enough to dissuade them, provided we just kept walking and didn't engage with them in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

amazing village type feel, laneways, access to grand bazaar, extraordinary little shops, boutique, pastries, art etc ...this is a must wear good shoes pound the pavement and get lost

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Initially we went on a guided tour which costed 50 Euro per person for a whole day. Next 3 days, we did the tour ourself. It is really easy to do the Sultanahmet district trip yourself. Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Basillica, Hippodrome, Museums are all close by and walkable distance. During month of July, weather is around 70ish... More

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Tustin, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We loved staying in this district. Many historical monuments as well as several bazaars are in the area. Many local and authentic places to eat that fit all budgets. Shoppers paradise.

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Derwood, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We stayed here for five days in a rented apartment. Awesome place to stay in: gives you a real sense of Istanbul history. Walked to all major sites: blue mosque, hagia sofiya, Topkapi, grand bazaar, cimberlitas hamami, the Bosphorus for breezy walks along Kennedy Cadesi. Sultanahmet square was bustling with a traditional outdoor market late into the night for Ramadan.... More

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Valdosta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Popular attractions were within walking distance, and the area was very tourist friendly. Restaurants, shopping, museums, and more were closely located.

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Pasadena, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

There are lots of city attractions to see and experience. Lots of restaurants and vendors very eager for tourists to patronize their businesses.

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Hawthorne, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, New Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Cistern, and Hippodrome are all located here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I can not feel the Othman history if I stay out of this district while I stay in Istanbul .. Buildings, roads, masjids and every single stone is telling me a story ..

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