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About Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Sultanahmet, also known as the Old City, is home to the majority of Istanbul's historical sites. Formerly known as Constantinople, the district is now named after Sultan Ahmed I. It was under his orders that the spectacular 17th century Blue Mosque, with its imposing minarets, was constructed. Early signs of settlement in this area date back to around 8 thousand years ago. In 1985, UNESCO listed Sultanahmet as a World Heritage Site. Well served by public transport, hotels in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, are easily reached by tram, metro, bus, train or even boat. There are lots of taxis readily available too. Some hotels, book-able with, operate a shuttle bus service to and from the nearby airports. The closest airport to the peninsula is Ataturk Airport, which is approximately 20 km away. Situated in the Eastern European Time Zone, the time is GMT +2. The language spoken in Sultanahmet is Turkish.

Top places to go in Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Hotels in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, are within short walking distance of top attractions. If you enjoy wandering around museums, be sure to visit the Museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts with its fascinating exhibits. Other museums worth exploring include Great Palace Mosaic Museum, and Istanbul Archaeology Museum. Avid shoppers will enjoy wandering around the bustling Egyptian Spice Bazaar, and the Grand Bazaar in Sultanahmet. Make your holiday experience complete, and be sure to visit the world-famous Aya Sofya 'Hagia Sophia' in Sultanahmet. Dating back to AD 536, the Hagia Sofia is Istanbul's most iconic landmark. Other attractions in Sultanahmet include the Byzantine Hippodrome, and the 15th century Ottomon Topkapi Sarayi Palace. For something quite unusual, the 6th century Basilica Cistern with its 336 columns offers a fascinating outing. While here, look out for the famous columns with their Medusa head carvings, which are sited in the Northwest corner.

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From luxury suites to budget rooms, hotels in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, are available to suit every budget. Amenities provided by each hotel can vary, so be sure to check the hotel descriptions at and see what they each have to offer you, If you prefer accommodation near to a particular attraction, such as a waterfront rental, or a romantic suite close to the Hagia Sofia, take a look at our interactive map to view the exact locations of hotels. If you have a particular budget in mind, use the price per night filter to view the rentals available within your price range. Photographs accompany each hotel, so you can see for yourself what to expect from your rental experience. To help you book with confidence, authentic reviews by previous guests are available for your perusal.

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