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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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Best location to stay in Istanbul

Far from the noise of taksim, sultan ahmad area is without any doubt the best location in istanbul to stay at. Coffee shops and restaurants are near, best historic locations and a... read more

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Far from the noise of taksim, sultan ahmad area is without any doubt the best location in istanbul to stay at. Coffee shops and restaurants are near, best historic locations and a calm yet touristic area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is another amazing monument. All these monuments are near to each other on walking distance . It depends on invidual how much time one wants to spend and enjoy .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This district is not commercialised like the new area of Istanbul. There remains huge tradition and history. Although there will be many many tourists this is the core of Istanbul from the ottoman empire with lots to see. From sultanhamet masjid to hagi Sofia to topkapi palace to the Islamic museum to the cistern to the grand bazaar lots to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I cannot say enough about this area of Istanbul. It just overwhelms with the sense of old world meeting new. There seem to be 1000 attractions but just walking around is enough to have all the senses engaged. There's the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Archeological Museums, the square and fountains, loads and loads of restaurants. I wandered around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is the unique place that surrounded lots of wonders. You should dedicate at lest 2 days to see all. When you get tired get rest in Yesil Ev, Arslan restaurant these 2 are my certain favorites.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really nice and relaxed area of Istanbul - great cafes and shopping. Some of the nicest restaurants are in the back streets.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our second visit to Istanbul and while we previously stayed in the exquisite Kapinski Palace Hotel, we had to catch a cab and cross the bridge to get to most of the main sites. On this visit we decided to stay in the Sultanahment district. While we couldn't find a hotel to match the first one we stayed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sultanahmet is a very historic and tourist area. It is a unique and very interesting neighborhood with its own characteristics. It is famous for not only stay but also eating, shopping and strolling. In this area, there are many monuments, hotels, various mosques, many resturants, many cafes and local shops. The most important monuments in the area are: the Blue... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the most well known areas of the city. Tourist spots include the blue mosque and the topkapi palace as well as great shopping and a host of restaurants and bars to try out. A must see!!!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is so much to see and do in this area, with all the major historical attractions. Although filled with very touristy shops as one expects, this place is thriving with life. I loved staying in this part of town as I felt safe and it was easy to remember and learn your way around.

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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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