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Old Town

The Old Town of Istanbul is all that remains of Constantinople, also called Byzantium. You can walk its streets and see evidence of its glorious history all around. The best outdoor markets are to be found here, where you can purchase anything from rugs to spices. But what really makes Old Town interesting is that it sits on a peninsula and is surrounded by the blue waters of the Bosporus, the Golden Horn, and the Sea of Marmara. So unique and culturally significant is this part of the city that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Listen to a classical music concert at the Hagia Irene in Istanbul's Old Town, one of the few cathedrals that was never converted to a mosque.
  • Spend the day in Istanbul’s Gulhane Park that was once the royal hunting grounds but is now a lovely park with flowers, sea views, and a group of cafes near the water.
  • See the artefacts in the Museum of Archaeology in Old town; it contains Sumerian Tablets, Roman statues, even pieces of the walls of Babylon.

Istanbul has a marvellous public transportation system that will get you into Old Town with little difficulty. The tram system has stations at Eminonu, Gulhane, and Sultanahmet. Bus lines run straight from Ataturk Airport into all points in the city, including Old Town. Lines 61b and 96T are the best for getting this ancient part of town. The metro stations are in Askaray and Zeytinburnu and you transfer to Trams from there. Taxis are relatively inexpensive and you might prefer them if coming from the airport. Once there, you won't need any other transportation than your feet.

What travelers to Old Town are saying

Istanbul is even for amazing than we had anticipated. We spent 4 days here 16-21 Dec 2015. We felt safe and welcome where ever we went. People will want to talk to you and want to be your guide or take you to their shop or sell you something. Be...
Amanda G. 22 Dec 2015
Istanbul was very colourful , great restaurants and friendly people . Good shopping.
erika c. 26 Sep 2015

Hotels in Old Town

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From US$22

1 Albatros Premier Hotel

4 stars
2.3 / 5 3 reviews

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Albatros Premier Hotel Istanbul combines elegance, comfort and Turkish hospitality for discerning travellers visiting Istanbul for business or pleasure. During sightseeing, tourists can snap... More

From US$30

2 Hippodrome Hotel

3 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

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Hippodrome Hotel

Combining chic modern style with elegant traditional flair, Hippodrome Hotel Istanbul warmly welcomes business and leisure travellers visiting the Turkish capital. This Istanbul hotel places... More

From US$50

3 Great Fortune Hotel

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

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Great Fortune Hotel Free WiFi access and a 24-hour front desk are available. Each room provides a flat-screen satellite TV, telephone, electric kettle, air conditioning and a minibar. Private... More

From US$27

4 Sirkecipark Hotel

3 stars
2.9 / 5

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Whether in heritage-rich Istanbul for business or leisure, travellers find an ideal base in the tasteful accommodations of centrally located Sirkeci Park Hotel. This value-for-money hotel offers... More

From US$40

5 Azade Hotel

3 stars
4.9 / 5 8 reviews

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Azade Hotel is perched just a short distance from the Marmara Sea, offering spectacular views. The hotel is a relaxing walk from the Hagia Sophia, once a church, then a mosque and now a monument to... More

From US$45

6 Ferman Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

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Featuring luxurious accommodation and excellent facilities, the Ferman Hotel Istanbul offers the perfect blend of maximum comfort and professional service. This hotel is surrounded by Taksim... More

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7 Muyan Suites

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

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Whether in Istanbul for business or for leisure, travellers find an ideal base in the elegant spaces, inviting ambience and personalised services of Muyan Suites Hotel Istanbul. Apart from joining... More

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3 stars
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FERMAN SULTAN HOTEL invites travellers to deluxe accommodations and contemporary facilities ideally situated in the heart of Istanbul. This Sultanahmet boutique hotel places holidaymakers within... More

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4 stars
4.4 / 5



Welcome to The Sultans Royal Istanbul. Our hotel has been rendering first class service by showing traditional Turkish hospitality graciously. Our rooms in which we piece special designed luxury... More

From US$28

10 Artefes Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

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An impressive wooden Ottoman house, Artefes Hotel offers a warm welcome along with a Turkish hospitality and is perfect base for tourist looking for a stay in the historical part of Istanbul. ... More

Good value, nice staff
Good value, clean, really great breakfast, beautiful rooftop terrace
5 Jun 2014
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