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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%
  • Terrible1%
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“place to stay” (238 reviews)
“blue mosque” (1,279 reviews)
“grand bazaar” (706 reviews)
Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34012, Turkey
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Reviewed yesterday

Don't believe the hype about scams, yes, some shop dealers are pushy and it pays to be aware of your surroundings, but I never felt unsafe wander all over this place day-after-day.

Thank JCW703
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was lucky enough to stay in this area which holds most of the main attractions. The area itself is so lovely to loose yourself in and find a hidden gem.

Thank phillipa6
Reviewed 3 days ago

This feels like the centre of activity with a lot of attractions close by. This is my favourite area for a relaxing walk and spending time with oneself. You feel like a local as you do not need much help and can easily reach a...More

Thank brightlight82z
Reviewed 4 days ago

I enjoyed this neighbourhood a lot, even the simple walks are very nice because of the views and vibes and possibilities of relaxation. Here you can visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Gulhane park, Basilica Cistern and many others and stop for lunch...More

Thank Diana B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Sultanahmet is chock full of enough to see, do, eat, and meet that you don't HAVE to go anywhere else in Istanbul. I wouldn't recommend you JUST hang out here, if this is your first time... but if you were interested in experiencing a week...More

Thank mehmetic
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is my thied visit to Istanbul. One never tires of viewing this extraordinary skyline whether arriving by land or water.

Thank foredeckchick
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Its really nice place the structure and interior design of the mosque is really nice , The area around it has so many shops for every thing you want .

Thank 68abdullaa
Reviewed 6 days ago

heart of istanbul, very stunning palaces , shockingly beautiful views, parks and sea view. don't use taxis use ur legs and try to walk it all.

Thank Laith Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

By far the most spectacular area in the city. With four major tourist attractions sultanahmet is the core of istanbul. One can easily spend a couple of days exploring the area its historic buildings, cafes, markets and feel a strong sense of bygone era

Thank reeta112011
Reviewed 1 week ago

The area is clean, interesting and the location of the prime tourist attractions Istanbul. All attractions are easily accessible as is the tram to take for all other city areas.

Thank manelis711
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
Greetings My wife and I will be landing at Istanbul, Ataturk airport for a 10 hour stop before continuing our way to Ulaanbaatar. Flight is scheduled to arrive to Istanbul at 9:30 and then depart at 19:20 on a Friday. Considering all there is to do at the airport related to immigration, passport check, counter check in and so, would you recommend a visit to Sultanahmet? How much do you think would it cost to get there and return to the airport by taxi and having couple kebabs for lunch? Thank you so much for your help.
27 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.
How to go out in Istanbul and have fun and be able to enjoy the wonderful history and sights without being annoyed by the annoying hecklers
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
I heard people in egypt are annoying and hassling, especially taxi drivers, does anyone know if there is some car and driver available for hire for a full week instead of having a nightmare with taxis for the duration of my stay
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