Sultanahmet Square
Sultanahmet Square
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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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Jos T
Melbourne, Australia78 contributions
Solo
Lovely location within waking distance to all the sights on your must see list. It does get a little crowed but you have many shaded resting areas or tea houses if you want to chill. It's a great place to start ticking all your must see iconic buildings. It's very safe 🙂
Written September 24, 2022
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,420 contributions
Couples
My wife and I went on a walking tour in the Sultanahmet District during an excursion from our Viking Ocean Cruise in Istanbul this past January. It is near many of the top tourist attractions in Istanbul. We went to the Hagia Sofia Mosque and Topkapi Palace. However, we did not go to the Blue Mosque because of construction. It is a picturesque square.
Written September 16, 2022
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Luke-n-LauraB
St. Helier, UK463 contributions
Family
A thriving and busy area with lots going on and lots to see and do. Lots of attractions in walking distance of each other and information boards on viewable aspects.
Written August 14, 2022
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Circumnavigator
Brussels, Belgium340 contributions
Family
This complex of squares with Sultanamet and Ayasofya as main landmarks is a good resting place to appreciate some history. The square also hosts the Museum for Turkish and Islamic Arts.p
Written July 18, 2022
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Joseph G
Los Angeles, CA3 contributions
Solo
What a beautiful
place. Overall, I felt safe in Istanbul. However, know, particularly in Sultahnamet Square, as a solo visitor, many random
guys would approach with the same story. “I’m not a tour guide, you don’t have to pay me, I will help you, let’s make a deal. I help you and you come to my shop.” Best policy was not to engage in any conversation. You will be bombarded with questions. Don’t answer. They will walk along with you. However, eventually they stop, sometimes calling you a tourist, big deal, or cuss you out under their breath as they leave your side. Avoid any conversation. Period.
Written May 25, 2022
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Kati M
Athens, Greece1,395 contributions
i was afraid to go there at evening. but its real very safe. much police and security. clean nice fresh. you can sit and enjoy yr view.
Written May 24, 2022
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Matt
Istanbul, Turkey14 contributions
Solo
This place was absolutely stunning, I was struck with emotion emediatly after entering. Girls need to cover so just a warning you will have to buy coverings at the entrance. Free to enter and just a very spiritual vibe. I was fascinated. It’s an out of body experience
Written April 28, 2022
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sam
Iran149 contributions
Sultanahmet Square or Sultanahmet's area in general is also known as Old Istanbul and is one of the parts of the city that you should never miss. There are many tourist, scenic and historical places around Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul.
Written February 19, 2022
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AzRat
Arizona1,881 contributions
Couples
Very nice public square with benches around the fountain and many street food vendors nearby. Enjoy the mosques views.
Written October 29, 2021
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Metropolitan_Man
London, UK685 contributions
A nice square to visit, a haven from the City with Police protection around all the entrances. Nice gardens and water features and both mosques either side of the square frame it nicely. Great to relax and take a drink and some food from the street vendors.
Written October 17, 2021
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