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“Just walk and feel history surround you”

Sultanahmet District
Ranked #3 of 1,159 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

You have to just explore this area. It is truly the heart of Istanbul and the reason to visit. Go thru the bazaar, visit the mosques, see the churches and visit the palaces and parks.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

The old town of Istanbul. Very friendly people around that help you get around. Loads of tourists like on every other historical place like this but for us it never felt crowded since it is a fairly big place.
I can really recommend going away from the main streets and just walk around and take in the atmosphere of the area.

Thank RonnieLind
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is really beautiful city.... Worth visiting it. Good blend of Islam and Christianity. We walked and little and took tram for some distance. These district offers several restaurants also to cater hunger....

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Lovely to wonder around and just take in all the sights and people enjoying the area. If you want to avoid the crowds, you can also find smaller, more quiet streets and lovely hidden garden restaurants. Lots of shops catering for tourists as well, but the sellers tend not to bother you too much. Numerous little fruit and juice stalls, and corn sellers can be found, too. During Ramadan, it got really crowded with the locals around the mosque. But it all still worked peacefully and harmoniously, tourists and local muslims side by side.

Thank uneton
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Nice to watch people in small groups, families, elderly and children, people from different walks of life setting up picnic like arrangements in the square of Sultan Ahmet waiting for the announcement of the end of a long fasting day of Ramadan. The square with its street cafes, mosques and bazar like shops, transfers you to an era of sultans an khalifs, however holding to reality you realize to find your self in a modern city with a fascinating touch of the past.

Thank Gass1
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