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Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul

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The Hippodrome of Constantinople (Greek: Ἱππόδρομος τῆς Κωνσταντινουπόλεως, romanized: Hippódromos tēs Kōnstantinoupóleōs) was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydanı (Sultan Ahmet Square) in the Turkish city of Istanbul, with a few fragments of the original structure surviving.


The word hippodrome comes from the Greek hippos (ἵππος), horse, and dromos (δρόμος), path or way. For this reason, it is sometimes also called Atmeydanı ("Horse Square") in Turkish. Horse racing and chariot racing were popular pastimes in the ancient world and hippodromes were common features of Greek cities in the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine era.
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  • Make sure you have your walking shoes and examine every part of the structure you can. There's beauty of its people and culture.  more »
  • On a lovely day, you can enjoy your time out with history. It is a wonderful place to walk around around highlights.  more »
  • Such a beautiful place to visit, a great piece of art, and amazing surroundings. It is a must-see evidence of the Imperial greatness of the Ottoman Empire.  more »
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  • I love the atmosphere day and night. Families gathered together making picnic, playing, laughing, buses going everywhere and trams as well. You have cash points and the tourist police 24/7. You can snack on some sweetcorn (5TL) or chestnuts (10TL to 30 TL) which are delicious. As you sit down to watch your environment, people selling water(1TL), tea or coffee will offer everyone for 3TL. One evening as I was sitting on a bench drinking tea, I was approached by a 25 year old man, he started to talk very respectfully so I didn't mind a conversation until he started to flirt. Perfect if that is what you are looking for. I have seen some Turkish guys pretending to be Spanish which I am, to a Korean tourist trying to take him for drinks. It was a bit strange and I would be careful. If you have any problems, talk to the police, present all over the square. Amazing restaurants offering homemade Turkish food for around 32TL (food, drink and bread). The restaurant is called Can. Other similar ones along the tram line.
  • I love the atmosphere day and night. Families gathered together making picnic, playing, laughing, buses going everywhere and trams as well. You have cash points and the tourist police 24/7. You can snack on some sweetcorn (5TL) or chestnuts (10TL to 30 TL) which are delicious. As you sit down to watch your environment, people selling water(1TL), tea or coffee will offer everyone for 3TL. One evening as I was sitting on a bench drinking tea, I was approached by a 25 year old man, he started to talk very respectfully so I didn't mind a conversation until he started to flirt. Perfect if that is what you are looking for. I have seen some Turkish guys pretending to be Spanish which I am, to a Korean tourist trying to take him for drinks. It was a bit strange and I would be careful. If you have any problems, talk to the police, present all over the square. Amazing restaurants offering homemade Turkish food for around 32TL (food, drink and bread). The restaurant is called Can. Other similar ones along the tram line.
  • It a nice place to relax after you are visiting the museum or the mosque which you can also enter from this side. Nighttime it beautiful with not allot of people and daytime it full were you will find people relaxing and enjoying themselves. You can find also police patrolling this area in case you have problems, also local guides in blue shirts.
  • Very very good place. Blue mosque and hagia Sophia was great. Area is full of tourists from all over the world. And there is a lot of boutique hotels and cafe and restaurants. It's a must for every tourists to see this place.
  • The Istanbul city one of many where you want to return again and again. We've been here two years ago, what has changed, that you can use free WiFi on the Sultan Ahmed square. A lot of people there walking, seating on the benches, made photos, having rest. Around the square you will find lot of city's attractions. You can choose good hotels around, can meet blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace museum, Basilica Cistern, etc. We've stay at two minutes walk hotel and it was very comfortable. Around the square you can find local food restaurants to any wallet. There is the place where I want to come back and can recommend it for sightseeing
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