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Address: Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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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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Best place to base yourself for the sights.

Great! Geared for tourists .eg the precinct between the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia has beautiful flower beds, water features and benches where you can rest and enjoy the views..

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Sultanahmet is a popular place for the tourist where locals are mostly never going. It is noisy and crowded with too many restaurant serving the same food.

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Cologne, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Tonnes of restaurants and shops located in this area. There is so much to see and buy here. The prices of the restaurants were high, have to really make your own selection carefully. As for shopping, there are different kind of things you can get here, from Turkish delights to souvenirs and clothing.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great! Geared for tourists .eg the precinct between the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia has beautiful flower beds, water features and benches where you can rest and enjoy the views..

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is the historic district of Istanbul. Definitely a must see if you are visiting the city. This is where all the famous buildings are located. All within walking distance.

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Tehran, Iran
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful and quiet, accessible tram and bus, you could go there and spend all day, then have dinner in the many places nearby.not a good place to buy souvenirs though!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

You can not miss all of the major sites located here. HOWEVER the men on the street, and the shopkeepers ( not all, but too many) are truly rude and obnoxious. This is not a reason to avoid many stops here, just be aware of what to expect. Another surprise, since so many of our friends raved about the absolutely... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This area of Istanbul will most likely be your first stop. Make sure you plan your visit here carefully. There is so much to see, and you can get very overwhelmed. There are many good restaurants, but most of them have "pushy" staff asking you to sit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If visiting Istanbul, pay the slightly higher prices for hotels (they are wonderful) and walk the cobblestone streets. Window shopping, the Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Aya Sophia, Blue Mosque, Museum of Islam Art, Topeki Palace - everything is within walking district. Many great restaurants, and the tram helps too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If it is your first trip to Istanbul stay in this district. All the major historic sites and attractions are here and you are walking through history everywhere you go, hard to describe the feeling. Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Cemberlitas, Restaurants, shopping. I'm ready to go back

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a major tourist attraction but a must see when visiting Istanbul ! There is the Blue mosque, Hagia Sophia , Hippodrome and Basilica Cistern. There are many restaurants and shops. The Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar need to be seen but they are crazy places and watch the prices. If you like to negotiatem it is the place... More 

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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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