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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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Excellent district to stay in Istanbul

An excellent choice for a stay in Istanbul. Every revolves around it So many attractions or monuments at walking distance or by a short tram ride. Hotels and restaurants are... read more

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An excellent choice for a stay in Istanbul. Every revolves around it So many attractions or monuments at walking distance or by a short tram ride. Hotels and restaurants are plentiful and for different price ranges.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You should visit or stay at this area. Full of nice and great history, many rest, shops, travel agents, money exchangers and many others.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I visited this place with family and we took a guesthouse 5mins far from the blue mosque. This place is magical to live when coming to istanbul for some days. You can see the river view and also the blue mosque view. There is also the Ayasofia Musuem which you can visit once.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Perusing the markets and shop, soaking in the history of the old buildings and lavishing in the luxuries of hamams will keep you in the Sultanahmet District for days. Check visiting hour schedules for the palace, museums and mosques. Before you enter get the museum pass, its worth it. Ask your local hotelier about the up and coming Hipster district... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was lucky enough to travel with a native Turk. There are so many wonderful places to visit. Hagia Sofia Museum was really amazing. I also loved the Cisterns. Very easy to imagine I was "back in time."

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely to walk around especially in the evenings. Lots of small hotels, cafes, rug, lighting and souvenir shops. Don't be intimidated to buy from the first shop that you walk into. Check and ask around for prices first.

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Irbid, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The gardens, the courts, the inside of the Sultanahmet mosque (The Blue Mosque) are all the dream of armature or professional photographers

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Daphne, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have visited most of the world but so far there is no place like the Sultanahmet District. We visited June-July 2016 during the end of Ramadan, we hired a personal guide, worth the money, and experienced the non tourist side. There are many hotels within walking distance to most of the attractions. Everyone spoke English or Spanish, we emerged... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

every time i visit this area i feel younger and get lot of energy ,when you see the ancient places with the modern transportation all together with the mobility of people .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sultanahmet is the quintessence of Istanbul - the city of cities - a place you could easily spend the rest of your life, 'cause it's got everything you could ever dream of. I wish I could stay here forever.

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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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