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Address: Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions...

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Lively old city

Great combination of the amazing historical places and local lifestyles with easy access by walk or tram. People were friendly and helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great combination of the amazing historical places and local lifestyles with easy access by walk or tram. People were friendly and helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have spent many days wandering the area and have so much more to see. Istanbul requires several visits to experience all the sites and the city's vibrant life. Don't be in too much of a rush so you can savour the sites, sounds, spice aromas, food, colour, history and so much more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I cannot imagine a visit to Istanbul without visiting the Old City...it is so full of history, local culture and wonderful people

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

At least that's what I pictured it will be like. Very crowded, with locals and turists, but a pleasent walk around all attractions is nice. We weren't with any guided tour, so we did it during 3 days at aour own pace. Many nice streets and places for everyone's taste

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the old district of Istanbul. It is very authentic, but as in all larger cities there are too many people who want to sell you stuff.. Besides from that, it is a must do when in Istanbul.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is my second visit to Sultanahmet and it's still is one of my favorite destinations. Lots of history within walking distance, good food, friendly people, affordable. It's changed a bit since my last visit, which is inevitable given that Istanbul has become one of the premier vacation destinations in the world, but still very charming. I'm sure I'll be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What can we say,,,,,,,,it's fabulous, never can find similar place in the world, surrounded of everything you can think,,,,,,I realy wish if I can go back,,,,,,,,,best trip ever

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sultanahmet is a truly wonderful area of Istanbul. From the many sweet shops selling incredible Turkish delight to the ice-cream sellers who will make you laugh out loud with there special performance serving you ice-cream. There are many restaurants that are quite something and the food is so varied you are sure to find something you like. There are some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went to this beautiful place with my family and my young children we interested to see this place because I heard a lot about it ,so it was a nice day and we enjoyed alot

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are going to Istanbul as a tourist to see the sights, this is the place to stay. Everything is close by. Generally you can walk to any of the sights within 10-15 minutes. The tram/metro is also right there. Get an Istanbulkart and ride for $ 1.20 US.

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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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