The most preferred area for tourists in Istanbul is the Sultanahmet area, which we call Old City. The oldest and historical places of Istanbul are within walking distance in this area. As the most important historical artifacts, we can say Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Underground Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar. All are within walking distance to each other very close. For a tourist who comes to Istanbul for a visit, it will be easy to visit these close places on foot. It can travel without the need for any public transport. If he takes it with him in the local guide, he will know everywhere and be informed. As the oldest historical places of Istanbul, Istanbul Old City has always attracted a lot of attention. The first places that come to mind when it comes to Istanbul are always here. Of course, while visiting here, we recommend you to eat at the very famous Historical Meatball Restaurant. Taste the very delicious meatballs.
We have briefly written for you the most important places you can visit in Istanbul Old City walking distance. You will see this information below.
Sultanahmet Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque); Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mosque is the only mosque with six minarets. It is called blue because blue colored Iznik tiles are used in the interior decoration of the mosque. It is a very beautiful mosque that must be seen.
Great Topkapi Palace; A magnificent palace where the Ottoman sultans lived. Sultans' living rooms, clothes, work items, weapons and others are places to be seen. We recommend you to see the palace that ruled the world for hundreds of years.
Hagia Sophia (Saint Sophia); A very important work that has survived from Byzantium to the present day. It has the largest dome of its era. It served like a church, a cathedral and a mosque. It continues to serve as a museum and mosque today. A very beautiful and wonderful work to be seen.
Archeology Museum; The museum is one of the largest museums in the world, with more than a million works of various cultures. Archaeological Museum, is Turkey's oldest museum building. We strongly recommend that you see it.
Hippodrome Square; It is known as Sultanahmet Square or Hippodrome Horse Square. It was done in the Byzantine time. There is also Obelisk, Serpentine Column and German Fountain in the Hippodrome square.
Underground Basilica Cistern; It is a water reservoir built in the Byzantine city era, which accumulates the water that Istanbul needs. It attracts attention with its submerged columns.
Suleymaniye Mosque; It was built by the world-famous architect Sinan by Suleiman the Magnificent. It is not just a mosque. It is a large complex with a madrasa.
Grand Covered Bazaar; It is the oldest and largest indoor market in the world that can come up to today. There are hundreds of small shops that trade inside. It is crowded around the clock. It has a mystical atmosphere. It is the first example of big shopping malls built today.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum;The museum is inside the Ibrahim Pasha palace located in Sultanahmet square. The museum, which exhibits rare examples of Abbasid, Memluk, Seljuk and Ottoman periods, is known for having one of the best carpet collections in the world.
The Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market); It is called the Spice market because it is often sold as a spice. It is smaller than the Grand Bazaar. We strongly recommend you to see it.
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