It is one of the most beautiful areas in Istanbul that attracts many international tourists.
As a visitor, Sultanahmet should be your first choice when you visit Istanbul, as it has all the attractions that any visitor looks for.
It is an important area that combines history, architecture, culture and art in one place in Istanbul.
Sultanahmet is the former heart of the Ottoman Empire and was named after the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I.
Istanbul is known as a city of seven hills, and Sultan Ahmed is considered as the first hill in Istanbul.
You can visit Sultanahmet for sightseeing, entertainment, shopping, and for a pleasant walking tour.
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Top tourists’ attractions in Sultanahmet
If you would like to know the historical places in Istanbul, so Sultanahmet should be your first destination to visit.
It includes iconic places, mosques, churches, parks, restaurants, cafes, and shopping centers.
Blue Mosque or as known “Sultanahmet mosque”
The Blue Mosque is located on the European side of Istanbul, it’s a five-minute walk to Hagia Sophia, right across the square.
Sultan Ahmed I started building the mosque when he was only nineteen years old, he was so eager to finish and speed up the process, but unfortunately, he died one year after its completion.
Mosques traditionally have one, two or four minarets and this is what makes the Blue Mosque unique as it has six minarets.
20,000 blue tiles decorating the interior were made in Iznik, an area that was famous during the Ottoman Empire for its amazing production of ceramic tiles.
It is a museum now and has a set of amazing buildings, that got the focus of many visitors.
Topkapi is the largest palace in Turkey, and was the main residence of the Ottoman sultans during the imperial period.
There are many things to explore in Topkapi Palace, such as pavement kiosks, fascinating parks, armories and spacious kitchens.
You will get the best tour in the palace, and after this long tour, we advise to have a delicious meal in Topkapi restaurant attached to the palace.
It is the largest cisterns in Istanbul with an area of 9800 square meters.
You can come and enjoy the Byzantine paintings and take some memorable and stunning photos.
And if you are interested in Turkey history, you can take a private guide with you to learn more about Turkey.
Visitors are attracted to the two Medusa heads, and you will also find distinctive swimming pools and fishing.
It was built in the period from 532 to 7 AD and was the largest orthodox cathedral in the world until 1520.
Thus, it was a church for more than 900 years, and an imperial mosque for more than 400 years.
In 1935, it was converted into a museum by Ataturk, and it is still an important symbol for both Muslims and Christians.
The park is located near the most important places in Istanbul, such as Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace.
You can do an amazing picnic with your family and friends among the green areas where children can play and have fun.
And if you visit Istanbul in Spring, you will have a great experience by attending the Flower Festival which covers the park with beautiful flowers.
Famous attractions near this famous area Sultanahmet
The Grand Bazaar is one of the historical places in Istanbul that let you know the Ottoman life.
It is an ancient architectural maze that has an area of 30,700, consists of 61 streets and 4,000 shops.
The bazaar was commissioned by Mehmet II in 1461 and has steadily expanded, extending over the surrounding land over centuries of Ottoman rule.
For a better experience, try to visit the Grand Bazaar at a comfortable pace and not rush from one store to another.
Fener and Balat neighborhoods
The narrow streets of these two areas, which stretch from the hillside to the waterfront of the Golden Horn, were once the preserve of the Jewish, Armenian, and Greek communities.
It is an amazing area to walk around and find out some historical places, such as the Bulgarian St. Stephen’s Church.
It is known as the Egyptian bazaar, and it is the second popular market in Istanbul.
With its great ancient history and the number of shops, it became a big attraction for tourists.
It is one of the most famous tourism destinations in Istanbul, this place offers many interesting activities.
The port is located in Eminonu area, which is full of historical and tourists’ landmarks, with stunning views of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.
People come from all over Turkey to this area to buy cheap clothes and toys, and what encourages them to come is that it is located behind Spice Bazaar.
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Easy access and transportation to Sultanahmet
- You can go from Kadikoy and Uskudar by public ferry to Eminonu, and take the Bagcilar-Kabatas Tramway (T1 line) from Eminonu Station to Sultanahmet area.
- From Taksim, you can take the Bagcilar-Kabatas tram (line T1) from Kabatas station or other stations along the Galata Bridge, and to get to the tram stops from Taksim Square you can take the Taksim-Kabatas funicular (line F1) to reach the Kabatas tram stop and to take the tram to Sultanahmet.
- From the end of Istiklal Street in Tunel Square, you can walk down or take the Tunel-Karakoy funicular (line F2) to reach Karakoy Tram Stop and take the tram to Sultanahmet.
- Or from Istanbul New Airport (IST) (45 km to Sultanahmet and takes about 100 minutes) you can also take the Havaist Airport Shuttle for 18 TL per person or take a taxi for at least 130 TL or you can take a private shuttle.
- Sultanahmet Square and most of the connecting roads are closed to car traffic except for trams and tourist buses. So, it is not recommended to get to Sultanahmet by private car.
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