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Address: Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34012, Turkey
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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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My first visit to Turkey - Istanbul. Excellent experience. Turkish hospitality was enjoyable. Thinking of Istanbul as a tourist destination seems a great idea. The district is... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My first visit to Turkey - Istanbul. Excellent experience. Turkish hospitality was enjoyable. Thinking of Istanbul as a tourist destination seems a great idea. The district is simply fantastic, worth visiting. One needs to keep in mind that there will be plenty of locals inviting to get into their shops - restaurants, sometimes in a rather persisting and a bit... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place was a perfect mix and match of old and new. The streets boasted of 400-500 year old buildings. Every nook and corner offered some interesting fact and history. Rich with the best tourist spots, this is one place you CANNOT miss!

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Thank Sneha K
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What can one tell about Sultanahmet District different than thousands of books, movies, travel guides, etc ? Well, being a local, an Istanbul fan and fond of history what I would humbly suggest will not be about what you'll be seeing. On the contrary, the most striking experience lies within what you'll not be able to observe physically. In fact,... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Istanbul, particularly Sultanahmet District, is well-known in historical places. However, this is somewhat touristy. Furthermore, there are plenty of scammers who wander around. The classic conversation usually starts with "do you have lighter?" And if you reply them in English, they would know that you can speak English, then, they would try to make friend with you. Finally you will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This area is one of the greatest zones you should visit in Istanbul, the historical sense is clear in there.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Take the time to explore the neighborhood on foot. Look at the big stuff, but take the time to enjoy the locals as well!

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Northwest Corner of California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed in a 3rd floor apartment whose windows opened to a direct view of the Blue Mosque. After we ate across the street and returned to our apartment, the call to prayer began. I an agnostic Jew and my wife a moral Buddhist but we were moved to tears by the prayers. Many of the shops are beautiful but... More 

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful part of Istanbul. We had the hotel there and five minutes walk to all the major sites to see. Lots to see, a bazaar, mosques, interesting people and streets and small shops to rest your eyes on things they sell.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really enjoy staying here, never regret to book a hotel nearby and everyday walking in this district, although price for food or stuff quite expensive here (shop in blue mosque area quite cheap) but near to everything

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Grand Casablanca Region, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Sultan Ahmet, wow! I love it Its hotels, its restaurants and cafés+shops.... Just amazing <3 Pomegranate juice, ice-cream with special performances....

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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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