Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), Istanbul, Turkey
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Sultanahmet Guide


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Boasting many of Istanbul’s most visited sites- including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the , Istanbul Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine Hippodrome, the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum and Topkapi Palace - it’s easy to see why many tourists never venture further than the historical centre of Istanbul.

Set high up on the Eminönü Peninsula, Sultanahmet makes up part of one of the oldest settlements in Istanbul. In fact, the Peninsula was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and visitors are still able to wander past the old city walls and preserved structures which used to be part of Byzantine Constantinople.

It’s worth navigating past the tourists to the back streets of Sultanahmet, where you’ll likely stumble on crumbling wooden houses, hidden tea gardens, small parks and the friendliest population of street cats you’ll ever meet.

Sultanahmet has a seemingly never ending supply of accommodation, ranging from bargain basement hostels to charmingly restored Ottoman-era guesthouses as well as internationally accredited five star hotels.  Thanks to Sultanahmet’s manageable size, almost all of these accommodation options are within easy walking distance of the main sites.

Sultanahmet is very well connected to the rest of Istanbul. As well as having a dedicated tram stop, it is also nearby Sirkeci Railway Station, from where all trains from or to Europe depart.

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Istanbul Photos

  • Sultanahmet © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

    Sultanahmet © Yildirim Inceale...

  • Bosphorus Cruise by Mista Riggs

    Bosphorus Cruise by Mista Rigg...

  • Topkapi Palace © Aydin Sertbas

    Topkapi Palace © Aydin Sertbas

  • Princes Islands ©Helen Simpson

    Princes Islands ©Helen Simpson

  • Bosphorus by Mista Riggs

    Bosphorus by Mista Riggs

  • ©Andrew Sawvell

    ©Andrew Sawvell

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