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Historic Areas of Istanbul

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From the first moment I discovered Istanbul I felt in love with this city. The impressive walls, the mosques and the big square near Sultanahmet, the underground architectural... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

From the first moment I discovered Istanbul I felt in love with this city. The impressive walls, the mosques and the big square near Sultanahmet, the underground architectural treasures, the bazaars and the animation of the narrow streets. The charm of old houses with wooden facades, sometimes near ruins from other centuries. The sea view from the top roof terraces.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are so many beautiful buildings and natural wonders in Istanbul other cities just cannot compete.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Simply contemplating the age of some of the sights in the city is enough to give travelers an appreciation for what they see.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Istanbul has a lot to offer for a history or a culture buff. In fact, 'a lot' is an understatement too. There are historic churches, mosques, streets, markets, neighbourhoods, fountains, bridges, hammams, parks, cafes and restaurants... places you could be walking around for hours on end without feeling tired. That is because there is just so much history and culture... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stunning and easy to travel Make sure you get a train card. It is safe the food is incredible. Not to visit in March and April, tooooo much rain and VERY cold weather. Yes you get your odd sunny days but still like 8 degrees Celsius.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have free time and looking forward to do something than go step outside and take a tour to different monuments of city which is very rich is history. Different place like Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Cistern, Topkapi are recommended to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The very first time you visit the Old City of Istanbul you will have a life enhancing experience. It is totally mind Blowing!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Some of the most known historical monuments are next to each other: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Cistern, Topkapi Palace.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a traveler who likes to experience the local life, you have to go around the historic areas of Istanbul to experience the lively life and see by yourselves .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Grand Bazzar in Instanbul,is certainly an experience.One needs to have your wits about you. It is quite a large market ,with all sorts of things. Suggest you may feel safer in small groups.

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Staying in Sultanahmet

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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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