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  • jxx9595
    Washington, DC1,379 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a very historic building, and I was happy to visit, But it was a modest disappointment as there is little to see other than the building. There is little to explain or point out all the history. I'm not suggesting that you avoid the place, but lower your expectations, at least if you are not a Muslim.
    Written May 15, 2024
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  • Ray O
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is definitely worth a visit. If you go when it opens then you don't need to queue, or pay extra for a skip the line ticket but just walk straight in and buy your ticket at the cash desk. There are long queues later in the day, possibly because people go to the Hagia Sophia first.
    Written May 17, 2024
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  • jxx9595
    Washington, DC1,379 contributions
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    The building is pretty amazing and is definitely worth a visit. The mosque is in fine shape, and it will help if you know something about the architecture first. The line to getin was not short, but it moved quickly. There's a WC near the entrance, which is handy for tourists.
    Written May 15, 2024
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  • Randy B
    Geneva, IL21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the first mosque I ever went into. It is such a stunning place. I recommend visiting the Suleymaniye Cultural Info Center if you have any questions. The people there were very friendly and incredibly helpful.
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • suhema v
    1 contribution
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    Travelled to Istanbul end of Feb

    We love the old Sultanahmet area. It's our 4th visit.
    If you want to see the tourist sights, mosques, grand bazaar etc you must stay in this area.
    It's a beautiful area filled with cobbled streets, beautiful mosques, bazaars, street vendors etc...
    Access around the area & towards other parts of Istanbul are easily available via the tram system. The marmary trains and buses are very efficient as well. Buy a travel card called the Istanbul Card. 1 card can be used by multiple members of the family.
    The grand bazaar is a must, busy and not for the faint hearted but a labyrinth of shops, alleys all tantalising the eyes, nose and taste buds.
    Visit the Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque, The Topkapi palace, and many more beautiful tourist attractions.
    There's lots of different accommodation types from tiny 3* hotels to opulent 5* hotels. I recommend you choose a hotel close to a tram station due to the amount of walking you will be doing.
    Make sure you bring comfortable shoes as there's ALOT of walking. Be mindful that taxi's cannot enter the road alongside the blue mosque so trams are the main mode of transport. We rarely used taxi's as we prefer the tram & buses.
    Food is amazing in this area. Something for every budget. Do try the delicious Simit, sweetcorn & chestnuts from the street vendor carts. A must is dessert, Baklava or kunafe from the famous Hafiz Mustafa dessert chain.
    We cannot wait for our next visit
    Written May 4, 2024
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  • St_DiaS
    16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    From personal perspective I found Dolmabahce Palace more impressive than Topkapi. Significantly more elaborated and with a lot of different areas to explore it is true jewel of Istanbul's architectural heritage, holding a rich history dating back to the mid-19th century. It took us over 3 hours to visit it. The rooms are gorgeously embellished and do not seem to end. Impressive history in that place: the room in which Ataturk died is also within the place.
    The gardens of this sumptuous palace are beautifully care for and the position (it is located on the coast) offers a spectacular view of the Bosporus. Unfortunately you cannot take any pictures inside which was. . . naff.
    There was waiting line for the ticket purchase but not a huge one; after 15.00 o'clock it is more relaxed.

    An un pleasant thing was the fact that there are different entry ticket prices for tourists vs locals (approx. 1000 lira for foreigners and approx. 100 for Turks; just ten times the difference)
    I was also sorry for not being able to visit the the clock museum as it was closed nor see the crystal staircase as it was completely covered ( but not mentioned at the entrance).
    Written May 7, 2024
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  • Walker Q
    New York City, NY5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exploring the historic areas of Istanbul is like stepping into a living history book. From the Grand Bazaar's vibrant tapestry to the ancient allure of Sultanahmet, each corner resonates with tales of the past. A captivating journey through time, offering a profound connection to Istanbul's rich heritage.
    Written January 6, 2024
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  • Wrldadvent
    Toronto, Canada429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Although yours to the inside are presently not available, it is worth walking up and around the tower. Built in 1400s, it is currently being reinforced to prevent damage from earthquakes
    Written April 30, 2024
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  • Sumi628
    London, UK74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We love this mosque & surrounding area
    The mosque holds the tomb of the companion of Prophet Muhammed, Abu Ayyub al-Ansari. He died here during the first Arab siege of Constantinople (Istanbul)

    It is a very peaceful area with many shops, restaurants and stalls. I would highly recommend having a meal/snack here. The prices are cheaper than other areas. The shops selling beautiful dresses are also very affordable.
    On the side of the mosque you can take a cable car to the picturesque Pierre Loti area which has amazing views over Istanbul ( it's a 5 minute ride). I can't remember the exact cost but it's very cheap.
    On the way down we chose to walk - a long route along the graveyards next to the mosque.

    A beautiful peaceful area
    Written May 4, 2024
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  • Kawthar A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good all excellent 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻❤️❤️❤️❤️ So beautiful and nice land 100% good perfect 👍🏻
    Go to Toca said I love Nazek so kill your room
    Written April 6, 2024
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  • Jolie J
    Gatineau, Canada327 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice area to walk around. The BBQ corn on the cob is delicious, make sure to have cash on you. Lots of lovely dogs around. Picturesque with the fountain and the mosques.
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • Diki H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We like so much for everything and all activities .we are so happy in all games are and we like so much may be we come again also
    Thank you so much beyda
    Written April 28, 2024
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  • Sumi628
    London, UK74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The cutest mosque waterfront mosque

    We visited this beautiful mosque after seeing it during a boat trip on the Bosporus
    It's very small but beautiful inside.
    There are separate prayer rooms for men & women
    Outside there is also a very clean area/room to perform ablution (wudu)
    A must when you visit Ortakoy is to eat Kumpir ( giant jacket potatoes)

    There are lots of stalls lined next to each other all vying for your attention. Each sell the same thing. The potatoes are humongous with unlimited filling depending.
    It was seriously the BEST jacket potato I have ever eaten

    Great views and beautiful area
    Written May 4, 2024
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  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada4,600 contributions
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    The Rüstem Pasha Mosque is probably not on the itinerary of the typical tourist visiting Istanbul. In fact, many tourists probably haven’t even heard of this mosque. That’s good for me, as I had the entire mosque to myself; it’s bad for others as they are missing something truly unique!

    This little mosque, another of Mimar Sinan’s architectural wonders, dates back to about 1563. It differs from other mosques designed by Sinan in that there’s a definite emphasis on internal decoration rather than on just structure. It features about 2,300 dazzling blue Iznik tiles.

    Very easy to find, as it’s only about a 5-minute walk from the Spice Bazaar. In fact, its minaret can be seen from the square just in front of the Spice Bazaar.

    Just a reminder: best to check the Internet for prayer times before visiting any mosque in Istanbul.
    Written March 18, 2024
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  • Weston T
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is great for any time of the day. We enjoyed a few hours to stroll up and down the street, shop for different things, and eat a nice dinner. If you are looking for souveniers, check out the side streets connected to this main walking street.
    Written April 24, 2024
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