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Reviewed yesterday

Apart from the Sultanahmet District with Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Place, as well known touristic attractions, Istanbul is actually a living history offering countless possibilities for all types of historical and art attractions. Pera quarters of Istanbul is for example a beautiful example of it....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Grand Bazaar and Spice Market are deservedly touted but history abides with Hagia Sophia built in 527 or so as Christain cathedral and so respectfully converted to Islam house of worship. Topkapi Palace offers best insight into Ottoman dominant rule that so sculpted Constantinople into...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I hadn't anticipated too much of Istanbul and was only tagging 3 days on to an extended trip as the flights were convenient. However, I greatly underestimated the charm of the city. Most of the main attractions are in the Old City and I'd recommend...More

Thank Primestop
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had Ideal weather in early October. 22 degrees and a sunny with a nice breeze. Be aware of the "scams" from the locals. Never tell a shoe shiner that he's "accidentally" dropped something. He'll shine your shoes in thanks and then charge you for...More

1  Thank Chris S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are some interesting stories about the Süleymaniye Mosque..., Here is one of them : One night, Sultan Süleyman has a dream...In his dream, he saw the Prophet Muhammed....He orders Süleyman to built a big mosque in Istanbul...and explains him that "Mihrap will be here,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Istanbul is underrated as a travel destination, but it is an incredible city with a rich history and beautiful people. Don’t miss!!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved every single historic area there: the Sultan Ahmet mosque, Dolmabahçe Palace, Topkapi Palace, the Galata tower and much more

Thank amalyk2001
Reviewed 1 week ago

THere are just so many historical places to visit and everything is in walking distance. It is a City that is rich in history and culture.

Thank Fairuz S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The city is offering a range of places to visit, never get bored, and even a week not enough to visit and explore the city.

Thank trip394
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did you watch the Galata Tower in the opposite side of Haliç bridge? It was extremely beautiful and astonishing. The small streets with full of historic houses, many cafes(especially breakfast or or just a coffee) that have this outstanding view. Eminönü in the down side...More

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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7 August 2018|
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Response from Bruno M | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend you to get a guide once w/ the guides you can skip the lines. The highlights are Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Cisterns and the Hippodrome ( Those four are all at the same area, as the Blue Mosque... More
Irfan C
17 July 2018|
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Response from Gary P | Reviewed this property |
Depends on where you are staying, you could spend at least a day in Sultanahmet, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Place, Cisterns, Aye Sofia, Archaeological National Museum. There are some great places to eat, Green Corner and on the... More
Scott B
11 July 2018|
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Response from annabellc | Reviewed this property |
I’m so sorry I didn’t reply sooner. I’ve only just seen your question. If you want a genuine Turkish bath when in Turkey ask your hotel where the best local hammam is? I’ve had a few and they are just wonderful... More