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Sultanahmet District

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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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Sultanahmet | No 63, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a great area to take in the culture, atmosphere, people, history and food of Istanbul! There are lots of places to eat and sites to see! There's also a lot you can buy and explore a small Bazaar which isn't full of other...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ashleyga1
Reviewed yesterday

Book your hotel in this area, as everything is just within walking distance. This is the old town so all the cultural places to see are around this area. The tram passes this area and very accessible. Walking around the Sultanahmet is just lovely with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Loislim
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wanting to experience the older Istanbul we stayed in the Sultanahmet District. We don't regret the choice. Older buildings and houses, narrow roads, crowded at times but the Heart of Istanbul. All the best attractions are in the Sultanahmet or nearby and all within walking...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Gordon S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wonderful place to stay. People are friendly and helpfull. Rich history and prices are affordable-shoppers paradise. Must see Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace. Restaurants are excellent- food delicious.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 561Heleen
Reviewed 2 days ago

4 Beautiful places in 1 area ... Hagia Sofia , Sultanahmet mosque , Topkapi palace , and Basilica Cistern, all in 1 train station (Sultanahmet) at ( T1 ) , you can go at day and enter the museums and enjoy hundreds of years of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AbdulL111
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited Sultanahmet area in December it was a bit cold but got great time as there were not as many visitors as you expect in summer. Everything is magnificent there are a lot of things to see and visit from Sulamynya Mosque to Hagia...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sohailnz
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a nice place to walk, discover Istanbul, see architecture, meet locals, dine in traditional Turkish cafe's and restaurants and even buy suvenier from the Araste Bazar

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank marodint
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is one of the great historical areas in Turkey. Full of history, shops, boutiques and cafes. The Grand Bazaar is around the corner and can be visited in the same visit. The area is safe but you need to be careful when dealing with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Amofty
Reviewed 5 days ago

My low rating is due more to the non- or mis-management of the area by the governmental representative tourism bodies rather than by it itself. While the whole area, which is on top of a byzantine hyppodrome, is of course interesting, I found it completely...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CB12345
Reviewed 5 days ago

There are so many hotels and restaurants in this area within walking distance. Blue Mosque is nearby.

Date of experience: June 2018
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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
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November 7, 2018|
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June 21, 2018|
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Response from Meysam_MRB | Reviewed this property |
Hi As a matter of fact i don’t recommend u any restaurant in Sultanahmet district, but i suggest u if u want to eat healthy and fresh food in the nearest of this place go to Galata bridge by the T1 and in Karakoy station go... More
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March 4, 2018|
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Response from msayitaltuncu |
Buy "Istanbul Kart" from the airport 10 Turkish lira. Then fill it 5 lira . use the metro at the airport to go to the station "Zeytin burnu" and there at the same station ride the "tramvay" to the SultanAhmet directly. The... More
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London, United Kingdom
Best route from SAW airport to Sultanahmet District, please. (5 Replies)
Hello all, It appears that the Havas bus routes between SAW airport and Sultanahmet have ceased. Any suggestions including possible costs from SAW to Sultanahmet at approximately 20:00 would be appreciated. Specifically to Küçük Ayasofya Cd. No:57 Kat:2-3 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, 47300. Also suggestions for a return journey from Sultanahmet to Ataturk Airport would also be appreciated. Kind regards
August 09, 2018|
Response fromGrandGourmand|
Edit: and take the taxi from Taksim to your hotel.
Toronto, Canada
Comments on Istanbul Tour Itinerary (4 Replies)
My wife and I are visiting Istanbul for the first time in september and staying in Sultanahmet district (which I understand is near the major tourist sites). We are proposing to do the following: 1. Blue Mosque ,2. Hippodrome ,3. Grand Bazaar and Spice Market hopefully before these market areas get too crowded), 3.Taking a public boat to the Asian side of Istanbul, Beylerbeyi Palace ,4. Topkapi Palace and 5.St. Sophia (Byzantine, 1400 years old) over 2 days. Is this something we can do on...More
July 16, 2009|
Response frommelissa m|
you don't need a tour guide in Istanbul. as you are staying in Sultanahmet,you are a few minutes walk from all the places you mentioned.hamams take all who visit. I went to a hamam and loved it. as for crowds,they are difficult to avoid in the summer,unless you go out into the suburbs. the Blue mosque,aya sofya and Topkapi are allin a row along the square,and th Hippodrome is just a stroll away. link to ferry...More
Shoumen R
Brantford, Canada
Exploring Times for each Attraction? (3 Replies)
Hello. Do you know how long it takes for each attraction to be completed? Topkapi Palace Basilica Cistern Egyptian Bazaar Bosphorus Cruise Dolmabahce Palace Blue Mosque Hagia Sophia Beyoglu area Sultanahmet District Maiden's Tower Suleymaniye Hamam Grand Bazaar Galata Tower
November 17, 2014|
Response fromenigma2007|
Shoumen R, Except for the Dolmabahce palace where there is a mandatory guided tour, how much time you spend at an attraction depends entirely on your interests, preferences, and desires. Dolmabahce will probably finish within 2 hours but Topkapi Palace needs at least 3 hours. For example you can spend as little as one half hour or as much as 1.5 hours at the Blue Mosque. Same with the other attractions. A good tour of Grand Bazaar needs at least 3 hours. good luck, enigma...