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Sultanahmet District, Istanbul
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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. Take a look at our Istanbul family vacation planner to schedule your visit to Sultanahmet District and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • If you're like me and loves to walk with the locals and see how they live in the city ... we're going to walk through the streets of Sultanahmet! Worth every centimeter of walking!
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  • The old-town is tourist central of Istanbul for a reason. There are beauty and history around every corner and no matter where you turn, there is something to be discovered. Now, the most bespoke area...  more »
  • Here is impressive: everything is beautiful and graceful mosques with minarets and narrow streets with beautiful small houses, and lots of bazaars, and tasty street food at every turn. Evenings very interesting lighting of buildings. Voobshchem-romance!
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