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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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  • Our hotel was in this district.... best decision ever. Just about everything happens around this area and the people are amazing.  more »
  • This district is really a must. The mosques, Hagia Sophia Church and the topkapi Palace. The open-air markets and food stalls. Public transport is good. Use the tram, times you can find via Google maps if you plant the route. Go check out besides eating and drinking in the District of besiktas, also recommended.
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  • This is a spectacular place for both Muslims and non-Muslims. Beautiful Mosque's and stalls. Amazing atmosphere and you could literally spend the entire day in this region, there's so much to do and e...  more »