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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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We stayed in the Sultanahment District (Sarnic Premier Hotel) and so spent a lot of time walking around the streets, drinking apple tea, eating in nearby restaurants and shopping... read more

Reviewed January 7, 2015
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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28 reviews
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Reviewed January 7, 2015

We stayed in the Sultanahment District (Sarnic Premier Hotel) and so spent a lot of time walking around the streets, drinking apple tea, eating in nearby restaurants and shopping for souvenirs. Yes, it is a bit touristy - but with the various historical sites and landmarks that is to be expected. Do visit the Mesale Café right next to the... More 

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Sedro Woolley, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2015

Arguably my favorite part of the city – if you're into bazaars shopping restaurants and culture this area is a must to visit – won't hesitate to come again!

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Petaluma, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2015

I would highly recommend staying in the Sultanahmet District. It is where most of the "must sees" of Istanbul are located and if you are able to walk some distances, you can just walk to the Grand Bazaar, spice market, and lose yourselves in the area for a true taste of Istanbul. We wandered around a lot in the evenings.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 6, 2015

If this is your first trip to Istanbul and you want to see this historic centre, this is the best place to stay. We were minutes away from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Cathedral Cistern and the Grand Baazar. The restaurants are a bit pricy, but I didn't come to Istanbul for the food.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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Reviewed January 6, 2015

A visit to the suleymaniye mosques is mandatory to understand more what the complex of a mosque usually consists of! you can see the hamam the madrasa the kulliya...the complete complex is still standing on the hill safeguarding the golden horn and a bonus is the grand view you can see from this hill of the golden horn & Galata... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed January 6, 2015

My hotel was in Sultanahmet District so i got to visit it every day. If your hotel is near the main street it will be very noisy because of all the people wandering the streets and because of the Trams and all the cars ( turkish people love to honk alot :)) ) You have many restaurants where you can... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

We stayed in the district as we had 2 kids in tow. It was great. Beautiful and clean, picturesque too. Very safe to wander at night or for a dawn jog (which I highly recommend!) the local shopkeepers all greeted me with a smile and a wave on my runs which was special. The trams are easy to negotiate and... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed January 5, 2015

Lovely center in the midst of tourist attractions. Highly recommended for families, and those who are NOT seeking nightlife. If you wish to have night life, rather stay in Taksim. It never closes- all night long.

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Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany
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Reviewed January 5, 2015

This area is touristy and crowded but that shouldn't deter you. After all, most of us are tourists. This area has something to see at every corner. Especially of you are interested in history and architecture. The major attractions of Istanbul are in this district and if you find a place to stay near Topkapi, you can even cover most... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed January 5, 2015

Sultanahmet is essentially the "old town" of Istanbul, and is characterised primarily by the glittering domes and minarets of the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, with an abundance of other places of interest in between. The whole area is breathtakingly beautiful. The stunning Hagia Sophia and equally attractive Blue Mosque mirror one another, and are linked by a lovely park... More 

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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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