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Sultanahmet District

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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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The Sultanahmet Mosque is one of the Selatin Mosques. It is found in the same square as the Hagia Sophia. But it has its own characteristics. The Blue Mosque is known as Blue... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Sultanahmet Mosque is one of the Selatin Mosques. It is found in the same square as the Hagia Sophia. But it has its own characteristics. The Blue Mosque is known as Blue Mosque by strangers because of the blue tiles inside. 6 minerals are rare. There is also a story from the entrance to the obelisk to the dome... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

By staying in the Sultanahmet District, the main attractions in Istanbul seem to be all within walkable reach. We were there for a long weekend, and having the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Cistern, Grand Bazaar and various museums all within walking reach was ideal. Additionally water tours of the Bosphorous also tend to leave from this area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Decent place to base yourself. I got the E11 bus from SAW airport then the Kadikoy ferry. Cost me about £2 / 9l and was a nice sightseeing trip! Love wandering the streets here and stopping for an occasional tea. See what's the cheapest you can find is. Mine was 20p / 1l but gave a 400% tip!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Heart of Istanbul.Best place to stay nice hotels Shops and lots of fun I wish I can stay there longer. Turkish tea and food is amazing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

all the important landmarks are within walking distance from one another: the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, The Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome; it is also nice to walk around the area; many stalls here sell all sorts of Turkish snacks eg grilled chestnuts, grilled corn, simit etc

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed at the sarnic hotel in this district. It is so convenient and easy to get to all the main attractions. Thoroughly recommend

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This area encapsulates all that is amazing and historical about istanbul. Just walking around the area makes it possible to visit many historical buildings, museums and enjoyable shopping districts.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The whole area needs care and upkeep. For a decade it's been a building site, it's shocking how the country cannot invest in basic infrastructure and maintenance. It doesn't take a great deal of effort to fix sidewalks, install crossing signals, fill potholes or maintain historical buildings. It seems to be left to anyone who has a bucket of cement... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

splendid views with giant mosques and fresh air in the parks nearby, many delicious restaurants and street food as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The district has Topkapi palace, Haya Sofia and the Blue Mosque. You can visit the 3 places same day and still have some time for dining and shopping. Highly recommended.

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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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