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Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul

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Sultanahmet Square is located in Istanbul. Use our Istanbul trip generator to visit Sultanahmet Square on your trip to Istanbul, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 20, 2017
    The square is nice featuring some fountains floral designs, but the buildings surrounding it are its main draw: Blue Mosque, Obelisks, Islamic Art Museum, Aya Sofia etc. Wonderful an hour before sunse...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Very beautiful garden which surrounds the main monuments in the district. Nice of to there sit down and rest after a long walk
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  • August 17, 2017
    Amazing square full of history and culture. The food options are great too. Very close access to other parts of the city with a tram.  more »
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  • Not sure how it is during the peak of summer because it's a touristy place but went in early June and it was awesome! Definitely a must-see.
  • Breath in history and be sure to take the time to discover all the unique buildings above and under the ground. Or just sit down and let this lively place impress you for sure.
  • Lots of history around makes it a must visit place in the middle of the old city. You can see some columns dating the bizantium times and lots of otoman mosques. Several museums in the area. Few days are needed to visit all of them.
  • Great feel. Nice view. Lots of people. Near tramway.
  • It's a historical place with a mixed history about Islam and Christianity since hadjia sophia is just in front of Sultanahmet Camii. You will be amazed.

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Where to stay in Istanbul

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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