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Sogukcesme Sokak, Istanbul

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Brimming with colors and culture, the quaint cobbled street of Sogukcesme Sokak features rows of replicated Ottoman-style houses. The nine structures were introduced in the 1980s to replace the originals that once stood there for over two centuries. Don't let the lack of authenticity bother you: the street oozes charm, and the houses now serve as boutique heritage hotels. These accommodations remain true to the 19th-century style, decorated in period furniture and decor. Stroll along the entirely pedestrian lane, named for the fountain in the park at one end. Little boutiques lie tucked amid the historical houses, selling handpainted ceramics, clothing, and hookahs. Plan to see Sogukcesme Sokak and other attractions that appeal to you using our Istanbul trip itinerary planner .
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  • Little houses next to the palace. Artists used to come paint these, and the prime minister was born on this street. A nice walk.  more »
  • The Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Museum and the blue contour round the narrow street between 12 I had the opportunity to see the Ottoman House. This historic houses years ago, touring and automobile Agency Manager Çelik Gülersoy, restored as a hotel and tourism by the referred. He has a fountain in the street name. Nowadays, we see the restoration was taken again. When you come to visit the blue one.
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  • Sogukcesme (Cold Fountain) Street is just behind Hagia Sophia, connecting to the entrance of Topkapi Palace. It is a street with a gorgeous fountain and twelve houses that recumbent over the walls of ...  more »

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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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