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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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Melbourne, Australia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Its only10 miniutes away from the main tourist area, but if you have the spare time it's worth the walk, beside it will be good to get away from the tourist and prices are much cheaper in this area.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Convenient area to stay in. Can walk to many sights. Recommend metro and tram when needed over taxis.

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Singapore, Singapore
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

It is of course probably the most touristic area of Istanbul but is is so beautiful.Whether you go during the day or at night it is an area full of good energy. Do not forget that some places have been built 14 centuries ago..

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Sao Paulo, SP
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Best area to stay. Close to every attraction of the city, walking distance. (the traffic during the day is terrible). Don't miss the Turkish Bath. Cagaloglu is the perfect hammam for that.

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Sydney, Australia
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

My fave part of Istanbul! It has it all, the main historic sites, bars and restaurants, shopping, crowd, etc... I found myself coming back to it many times during my stay in Istanbul.

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Tabriz, Iran
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Sultanahmet District is great historical district of Istanbul that you can access to Aya Sofia museum, Sultanahmet mosque, Capli Carsi or grand bazar, Misir carsi or spice bazar, Yerebatan Cistern and Topkapi Palace. this historical areas are reachable by tram, subway or funicular. you can enjoy night life after you visit the historical parts or shop from Grand and spice... More

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

We loved that you can stay fairly close to the Blue Mosque and other major sights but affordably (we went with airbnb) and far away from Taksim, an area that never sleeps. Challenging those cobblestone sidestreets, however, the area is hilly and the sidewalks narrow.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Having travellend to Istanbul several times, this area is the one I prefer to stay in. Everything is at your finger tips - the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, Topkapi, Galata Bridge and the port for boat trips around Golden Horn, Bospherus etc. Many streets are cobbled, with restaurants, shops lining them. The main street where the trams run... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

restaurants souvenir shops, yummy delights, annoying pick pockets. all there. it's very expensive comparing to Fatih area, shopping is good at Fatih area. especially Wednesday Bazar is awesome. SultanAhmet District and Aksarai area is very expensive. make sure you bargain, or visit some other area for shopping.

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I like to simply take a walk around the area, visit the mosques, buy some souvenirs (and bargain). It is crowded on weekends but still worth it. Then finish the day with a visit to the spice market, which is just about 15mins walk away

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