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Historic Areas of Istanbul, Istanbul

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The four zones collectively known as Historic Areas of Istanbul contain some of the city's greatest sites, earning World Heritage status in 1985. Turkey's cultural capital, Istanbul is often considered the connection between East and West because of its strategic location between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, and between Anatolia and the Balkans. The four areas that make up this World Heritage Site are the Archeological Park, Suleymaniye quarter, Zayrek quarter, and the zone of the ramparts--altogether they contain over 2,000 years of historic sites, including the Galata Bridge, Beyazit Tower, Hagia Sophia, and Blue Mosque, to name a few. Our Istanbul tourist route planner makes visiting Historic Areas of Istanbul and other Istanbul attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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  • For anyone interested in learning more about Istanbul or Turkey's history I suggest you visit their historic sites and use a guide as there's a lot to learn  more »
  • Istanbul is in generally breathtaking by far!!! And especially the "old" city (araound Hagia Sofia) is magnificent!  more »
  • I've been here 4 times and I love it more each trip. Wonder city to just all around in, plus hundreds of amazing buildings to investigate. A city with a lot of history to be discovered.  more »