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Sultanahmet District

Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
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Ranked #4 of 646 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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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Offcourse the area with the Blue mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrom, Ayasofya, Basilica Cisterne and de Grand and Spice Bazaar. But also a place with a great collection of hotels, restaurants and bars. Also good connections with public transport (tram), subway and also at the Golden Horn ferries towards lots of places of Istanbul and around!

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Skanderborg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

If you are staying in Istanbul do yourself the favour and book a hotel in Sultanahmet District. This is where you find the historic buildings, the bazaars etc. Though the streets are quite steep the attractions are not too far away from each other.

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hitchin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Lively, friendly a great place to wander taking in the sights, culture, sounds and smells. Lots of great places to eat and drink. Good to sit and watch the world pass by

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

You feel what is Istanbul in this area. You have many attractions near by and you can go by a little walk, good and not expensive hotels, nice restaurants. But it's not a place to go out by night, if you are a night person, choose another area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

you don't go there just to hang around we've been in the area when visiting sultan ahmet mosque or the so called blue mosque, aya sofia, and the palace walking around from place to another will be withing this area fun to walk around actually and get some ice cream !

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We loved the view from the rooftop restaurant of our hotel, the Ferman. We had a variety of shops and restaurants and could walk to Tokapi Palace, mosques,Grand Bazaar,etc. The streets are narrow and sidewalks uneven,so walking is challenging,but views are charming

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essex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The main area for tourists and therefore geared towards them all the same very interesting and enjoyable to walk around. At times very crowded which is offputting. We stayed in Beksitas and caught the tram here, glad we did as this area is more expensive and less authentic

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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is the area where you want to stay if you are in Istabul for tourism. This is the area containing most of the historical sites including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cisterns, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, and many others. There is a good tram system in the city, but the ability to walk from your hotel to these... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The square is absolutely beautiful, full of vendors selling the local street food and drinks. It can get crowded though so going early morning is a better option. We stayed in the area for a night and were never short of restaurant options. There were souvenir stores everywhere. Overall great!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Accessible to amenities and very safe, you will find tiny nice shops, great pubs to some shisha and have great Turkish coffee. Love the small market near hagia sofia and sultanahmet mosque.

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