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Sultanahmet District, Istanbul

4.8
#1 of 36 in Neighborhoods in Turkey
Historic Walking Area · Neighborhood
Boasting many of the city's most important sites, from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque to the Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet District serves as the historic and tourist center of Istanbul. This old district is bordered on three sides by bodies of water--the Golden Horn, Bosphorus, and Sea of Marmara--which is why it's commonly called the "Walled City." While today the quarter is only part of this expansive and sprawling city, it used to make up almost the entirety of Constantinople. Enjoy a plethora of sights while walking through the concentrated center or take a Bosphorus cruise from the shores of this peninsula. With our online itinerary creator, Istanbul attractions like Sultanahmet District can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Beautiful, touristy place with a lot of history. A must-visit for the first time visitor. Prepare for a lot of walking because the district features the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi...  more »
  • This is the only area I was in during my stay in Istanbul. My hotel was there and all the sites. It is clean and people are friendly. I felt safe and just enjoyed walking around. It’s easy to get...  more »

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