Istanbul - Sultanahmet & Around (Chapter)
This is the Sultanahmet and Around chapter from Lonely Planet's Istanbul guidebook.
Many visitors to İstanbul never make it out of Sultanahmet. Ideally suited to exploration by foot, the neighbourhood is a showcase of the city’s glorious past, crammed with mosques, palaces, churches and houses dating from the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods.
- standing beneath the magnificent dome of Aya Sofya and imagining what it would have been like to attend a candlelit service in this, the greatest of all Byzantine churches
- uncovering the secrets of the seraglio in opulent Topkapı Palace.
- exploring the watery depths of the atmospheric Basilica Cistern.
- restaurants & bars
Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Walking Tour, Eating, Sleeping, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Sports & Activities and Shopping.
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