We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book a Stay + Win a Getaway Book your hotel on TripAdvisor and you could win a great trip!

Historic Areas of Istanbul

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Istanbul, Turkey
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Private Tour: Istanbul's Jewish Heritage
More Info
and up
Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 8,765 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 4121
  • 892
    Very good
  • 112
  • 17
  • 5
Lovely place for holiday

It was a lovely place for holiday. It's one of the Istanbul historical area. The weather was nice and warm. Love the sunshine in Istanbul!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
olivia b
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

8,765 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 5,147: English reviews
Level Contributor
24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a lovely place for holiday. It's one of the Istanbul historical area. The weather was nice and warm. Love the sunshine in Istanbul!

Thank olivia b
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level Contributor
44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Istanbul's historic district is a my favorite place in the world. So much culture, history and atmosphere. I always feel heart-broken having to leave.

Thank Shafeeqahi
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were lucky enough to spend 5 days here. What history this city has, whether you walk around yourself of take a tour. Be sure to have your camera at the ready.

Thank Ben A
Level Contributor
105 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were staying in a hotel in the area and could walk to the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Cistern within minutes. It's very safe for tourists now that police in plain clothes are there to protect you from pickpockets

Thank BigBen273
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

How very exciting this area is, so much to see and do, plenty of walking, so good comfortable shoes/trainers advised. Very friendly people, lots of tat! But also lots of very interesting useful items. Very cheap. Bargaining skills required. If you are happy with the final price, then stop! These people are hard working and certainly not stupid, do not... More 

Thank Janet Diane B
Level Contributor
28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it's not extraordinary but you'll enjoy if you're into other cultures and architectures. I suggest it on a sunny day.

Thank MohammadReza S
Level Contributor
310 reviews
199 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the whole Istanbul is historical as it is located between asia and Europe. a "MUST" place to visit regardless of race and religion

Thank platinumSingapore
New Brighton North, New Zealand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is very long historic city there. Walking here you can feel the long history of Middle- east. Beautiful building and sea view.

Thank reaganho1989
Level Contributor
70 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am amazed at all the history in this city alone. Every area has some sort of history. It is a truly amazing city.

Thank Fatimai
Nairobi, Kenya
Level Contributor
40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

By any chance, if you get to Istanbul, stay in the town district of Sultanahmet and the culture and the real feel of Turkey will come to life as you begin to live it, eat it and sleep it! Must enjoy the history behind, which is mind boggling!

Thank murtaza2003

Travelers who viewed Historic Areas of Istanbul also viewed


Been to Historic Areas of Istanbul? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Historic Areas of Istanbul and other visitors
30 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (30)

Questions? Get answers from Historic Areas of Istanbul staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Sultanahmet

Neighborhood Profile
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.
Explore this neighborhood