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Historic Areas of Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Loved the bazaar, Cozy Restaurant with roof terrace, tea shop in the park outside Topkapi Palace overlooking sea, and especially the smoking room we stumbled across full of locals on shisha pipes!

Thank rachel m
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Amazing experience seeing the historic areas of Istanbul which are all mostly walking distance. It is a safe environment to walk around in and spend some quality time having a look around.

Thank Alina227
Reviewed 12 June 2014

You can see the architecture and influence of Greeks in here because it was main city in the past which was stolen by Turks in the war. Even the name of the city Istanbul comes from Greek language εἰς τῆν πόλιν eis tén polin which...More

Thank paokaki
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Exploring this historic area of Istanbul - one of the world famous area was totally amazing. You has to be here to understand.

Thank 2Travelnuts101
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Beautiful, filled with people, clean, and with a sense of the more than a thousand years of history all around you....not to be missed. The Turkish people here are friendly and kind, although quite good salesmen! Lots of young people and students along with the...More

3  Thank SusiefromCrucible
Reviewed 11 June 2014

I like the view, the photographers, the crowd, our guide, the informations, like walking in the world ancient history books and be part of it. Perfect for those who love to visit museum, enjoy the sceneries and walking or hiking. Make sure that your are...More

1  Thank anisyaliza
Reviewed 10 June 2014

From its earliest days as Byzantium, no city has experienced as much religious and cultural strife as Istanbul. The Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Christian Crusaders, the Rus, the Muslims, the Seljuk Turks (from what is now Iran) and the Muslims all took their...More

2  Thank globecrawlers
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Everything within walking distance. The area was kept clean despite the crowds. Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Mosaic Museum, Topaki Palace, Archeological Museum, Grand Bazaar, etc.

1  Thank Janet G
Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

I have travelled to many places around the globe. Istanbul is truly one of the most amazing cities on earth. So much to see, so much history, such wonderful people, delicious food. It is clean, people are respectful, very little smoking anymore. Great transportation (if...More

6  Thank kstmetal
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Returning from my long journey to India and Nepal I stopped in Istanbul to meet an old friend who took me around the city which is very nice, clean, safe and with many places to visit. Food is awsome almost everywhere and service quick. People...More

1  Thank Dinko B
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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Salman G
I shall be staying in Istanbul for 6 days. what all is recommended to be seen in 6 days??
29 April 2017|
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Response from flaviaes57 | Reviewed this property |
Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Dolmabace Palace, Topkapi Palace, Suleyman Mosque, The Egyptian Bazar and The Grand Bazar. All this are a must see.
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Sikha B
I just have one day in Istanbul. Can you suggest what places should I visit in this small duration. I will be staying in Park Inn By Radisson Istanbul Ataturk Airport and I have return flight to Mumbai at 8 PM which means I will have to leave by 5 PM from the hotel. I guess its little far from the main city.
24 April 2017|
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Response from Gillian K | Reviewed this property |
Hagaia Sophia - it's awesome
Natasha B
hi, I'm contemplating booking a trip to Istanbul in May. is it safe to travel there now?
23 November 2016|
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Response from Jawdat54 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Oh, yes we spent 1 week in October and everything was normal. Turkey is a vast country and main incidents happened far away from Istanbul, mainly near border with Syria & Iraq which is few hundred kilometres away... More