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Historic Areas of Istanbul

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Sultan Ahmet - Historic - Section of Istanbul

I have visited Istanbul during the last three Summers and stayed in various hotels in the European side. The most historic treasurers are to be found in the area named after one... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There is alot to soak in so if you want to see everything make sure you are there for a minimum of 3 days.One day should be solely dedicated to the shops, there is a vast amount of choice so best to know what you are really looking for....best leather for miles around. Monuments are spectacular.

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I have visited Istanbul during the last three Summers and stayed in various hotels in the European side. The most historic treasurers are to be found in the area named after one of the Ottoman Sultans called Ahmed. Ahmet as a Sultan doesn't appear to be a significant ruler but where he lived has a great deal of historical values,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stayed at an Airbnb in the Galata area. The history in this area is palpable. Every evening walked the streets, using the Galata Tower as a landmark. Many tasty restaurants. View from Galata tower at sunset is breathtaking. This area has for years had international residents, so very open to tourists. Delightful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Istanbul is full of history. Sultanahmet district is very rich in history. Start from Ayasofya to Sultanahmet mosque then columns of elder generation. Many palaces, olden trains, traditional Turkish Hamam and hundreds of others. The only point is you have to have time.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent country to visit and so much history Turkey offers. Visited Topkapi, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Grand Bazzar,Dolmabahce Palace these are few areas we have visited. The people are fantastic very friendly and helpful. I suggest you forget about dieting....the food is superb..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Grab a map and go for a wonder, plenty to see. Also plenty of places to eat, and shop, but be ready to haggle.

Thank BarneyB1981
Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

the oldest part of Istanbul is GALATA the narrow allies with lot of shops ,you never get bored there and never get tired even from walking in the snaky narrow roads ,you want to see Istanbul go to GALATA and get nice souvenirs .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I spent 3 days wandering alone throughout the old town and various mosques and parks in Istanbul. Public transport was safe and easy. Many low cost cruise tours will take you through the Bosporus, Golden Horn and Sea of Marmara all the way to the Black Sea. There are drop off tours of beautiful mansions and view points like Pierre... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Off Istiklal street, you can lose youself off the beaten track on one side of the inlet and then immerse yourself in the spice market and bazaars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited blue masjid with my friends on Aug 2015, it's most historical place in Istanbul it's located at sulthanamet,it's most beautiful historical area in Istanbul.

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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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