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Address: Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34012, Turkey

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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It was nice staying in this district for four nights. All the historical places are nearby. I found it quite sfae even in nights when most of the restaurents are still open and... read more

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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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78 reviews
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Reviewed today NEW

It was nice staying in this district for four nights. All the historical places are nearby. I found it quite sfae even in nights when most of the restaurents are still open and streets are not empty. Very loving and cordial people.

Thank kbbali
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

When in Istanbul for a short period of time I recommend staying in this area, it is close to every important landmark in the city.

Thank MRombach
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8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

To say it's one of the world's most beautiful place is an understatement. Just fell in love with this district, the peace, beauty, awe of history, different civilisations and faiths. A must for visitors who appreciate taste and culture. Well done to the authority for the safe keeping, protection and tidiness of the area. An expectacular area with peace and... More 

Thank shazed m
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 555 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

On my 3rd time to Istanbul, this district is good enough to keep on repeating to stroll around. Tourists are everywhere.

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is wonderful to walk around and see the shops and food and local people life style. I enjoyed my walk and see the people and buildings and tried the local food. Got to come and walk around

Thank lifecity
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This district has very beautiful views every where and historical places, museums, shops, cafes, restaurants, and nice hotels. I stayed there for five days.

Thank Aisha369
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you visit this area. It has lots of places to visit like mosques, shops, restaurants, cafes and it is near the grand bazaar.

Thank Sa S
Beirut, Lebanon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A very huge and well designed landscape, with nice places to take a break from walking and good coffee shops and rooftop restaurants

Thank Rafih H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

An enjoyable and interesting area to visit. With so many sights on offer in a relatively small area, visiting Sultahmet is best done on foot. See the blue mosque, the palace gardens and try the local food - any place we happens upon provided great tasty dishes and friendly service. The local vendors standing outside their shops full of scarves... More 

Thank ChardyG
England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been to a few Capital Cities around 4 Continent, Although Istambul isn't the Capital City of Turkey, this place has everything and more to do and see than any other Capital cities, so if you love visiting Cities this is definitively a must to see!

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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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