Sultanahmet District

Sultanahmet District, Istanbul: Hours, Address, Sultanahmet District Reviews: 4.5/5

Sultanahmet District
4.5
Neighborhoods • Historic Walking Areas
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
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The area
Neighborhood: 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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4,370 within 3 miles
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915 within 6 miles
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Muna Al Reshiq
Amman, Jordan5 contributions
Jan 2022
The area is just great to have a walk at any time of the day, the weather was good and the people crowded were average.
Written January 17, 2022
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LPR1988
Windsor and Maidenhead, UK1,043 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Our hotel was a 5 minute walk from Sultanahmet Square where you could find the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque.

It is also central for the tram line as well as being surrounded by numerous bars, shops, restaurants and cafes.

You can easily walk up and down and find something to do, or hop on the tram line if you’re going a little further afield.

Excellent base for a visit to Istanbul and we would stay in this area again when we return.
Written January 16, 2022
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Jen
4 contributions
Jan 2022
Stay in Sultanahmet when you visit Istanbul - walking distance to the main sites, and a quick light rail away from shopping in Taksim or visiting the Galata Tower.
Written January 13, 2022
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r8ter2018
Madison, WI164 contributions
Jan 2022
We saw this district both at night and during the day time, visiting it a total of three times. After you walk up from your vehicle drop off, perhaps 200 meters over sloping cobblestone walkways, it is easy to walk the level surfaces to both the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, and the sites of the Hippodrome. We were there in January, when the crowds were small and it was easy to view the mosques. Remember your scarf for the mosques, and wear comfortable shoes that you can remove without much bother. Take a bag with you to carry your shoes, although there are shelves where you can leave your shoes if you like. Be careful to avoid going into the areas for the worshipers--remember that these are functioning mosques.
Written January 10, 2022
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania22,100 contributions
Mar 2021
From a tourist point of view, the most interesting district of Istanbul. Here you will find many interesting sights: Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia mosque, Sultan Ahmet mosque, Grand Bazaar, Spices Bazaar, Theodosius Cistern. The area is full of old buildings, mixed with new ones, built chaotically, apparently without any urban plan. There are many restaurants and souvenir shops. Also here is Kumkapi, located along the northern shore of Marmara Sea, famous for its many fish restaurants.
Written January 2, 2022
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Nazurven
Dubai, United Arab Emirates10 contributions
Dec 2021
Because of renovatıon, we can not see all mosques but enjoyed restaurant around area and shoppıng for famıly
Written December 23, 2021
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Claudia Isaac
Palestinian Territories2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
This spot was very impressive with many mosques and stunning architecture, we went inside hagia sofia only, then our guide took us to a hotel rooftop restaurant, and the sunset there was gorgeous! With all the seagulls flying around, though i can't remember what the hotel's called.
Written December 22, 2021
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Wilson L
Coquitlam, Canada3,161 contributions
Nov 2021
Beautiful area to visit, tons of great mosques and museums and shops and restaurants. Definitely worth checking out.
Written December 16, 2021
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davvers50
London, UK239 contributions
Dec 2021
I could not go inside this mosque as it was under construction but it looks very impressive, and the area has some good food stalls selling corn on the cob and chestnuts which are recommended to try, BE AWARE, there are many sellers there who start with hello my friend where are you from?? eventually they want you to visit their shops to buy either carpets, spices or other items or they want you to have their card!!!!!
Written December 7, 2021
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WorldTravelerCO
Thornton, CO867 contributions
Nov 2021
The mosque is massive and impressive and the area is lovely for a walk. We enjoyed our short time in this area.
Written November 29, 2021
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