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Sultanahmet District

Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34012, Turkey
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The old section of Istanbul where you can find many attractions including Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“place to stay” (240 reviews)
“blue mosque” (1 296 reviews)
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Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34012, Turkey
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We spent a very enjoyable day despite the rain wandering around this area. There's so much here including Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern as well as a host of streets and alleys of interesting shops and restaurants.

Thank DaveHolbrook
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You can feel it from first sight. The most attractive thing about it is the structure and how it was built. You should read about it before visiting this place

Thank Iman A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A must see. Always full with tourist and locals. Everything is walking distance and mostly wheelchair friendly. Some places a bit cobblestones. Never feel overcrowded when visiting park. First time going to blue mosque, remember scarf ladies to cover head and easy shoes to take...More

Thank Arita M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fascinating and repellent, open and crammed, crowded and deserted alternating as moving from sokak to sokak. This is the beating heart of old Istanbul, surprisingly as residential as it is touristy. Best explored on foot.

Thank GoranWembley
Reviewed 5 days ago

Of course you have to go to Sultanahmet to see Topkapi and the Haghia Sofia and to a lesser extent the Basilica Cisterns and the Blue Mosque, but you don't really want to eat there or hang out there or do any shopping there. The...More

Thank Darrel B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I loved this area for restaurants, shopping for gifts and really enjoyed the dessert shops. I walked around the whole area with my husband and felt so relaxed. There was a lovely ambience about the place.

1  Thank Shain R
Reviewed 6 days ago

whenever I visit Istanbul I choose this area to stay in . during the day : u can visit the blue Mosque and if u r Moslem u can pray too , u can visit Grand bazar and Egyptain Bazar where u can find whatever...More

1  Thank abdullahhamzaa
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's an interesting part of the city with history and modern life mingling with each other. Walking is recommended for a better experience. Though some streets slope up & down as the Sultanahmet area is on one of Istanbul's many hills.

Thank poonamc2010
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sultanahmet has a lions share of tourist attractions in Istanbul, walking along the charming old souqs & cobbled pathways of this historic district was one the highlights of our stay in Instanbul.

Thank Samiulla B
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is so much to see here! We enjoyed our time here very much and benefited greatly from hiring a certified tour guide, Osman Gunay, to help in the area.

Thank Richard S
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
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Hector M
26 May 2017|
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Response from subashnib | Reviewed this property |
put on comfy shoes, take the public transportation and enjoy. the tram is inexpensive and fast. all the must see's are close by. food can be eaten on the go. try corn and walnuts as well as simit. dont miss this area.
17 May 2017|
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Response from Aisha369 | Reviewed this property |
U just need to ignore them as u do not speak the language they speak, create ur own 🤓 as the matter of fact, they are not all over the city, u can go some where else without being annoyed. This area deserves to accommodate... More
16 May 2017|
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Response from Mohamed A | Reviewed this property |
There are some drivers, but all depends on personal knowledge, try to check with someone who visited before and they will help in this regards