Sultanahmet District

sultanahmet district

The Sultanahmet District is located in the heart of Historic Old Istanbul. Its main road is Divan Yolu, which runs from the Grand Bazaar to Hagia Sophia. Many of Istanbul’s historical gems, mostly consisting of Byzantine and Ottoman-built monuments are in Old City.

Topkapi Palace, was constructed in 1478 by Sultan Mehmet II and it was the official residence of Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years, Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia), once the greatest church then converted to a mosque and finally to a museum, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), which is well-known for its 20.000 blue and green tiles, the Byzantine Hippodrome, which was especially used for chariot races during the Ottoman era, Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Saray), which once supplied water to nearby palaces such as the Great Palace of Constantinople and Topkapi Palace, Binbirdirek Cistern, the Istanbul Archeological Museum, Great Palace Mosaic Museum are all situated in Sultanahmet District.

Any visitor to Istanbul must have a trip to Sultanahmet at least once. You can join half-day and full-day walking tours to discover the historical Sultanahmet District.