Istanbul neighborhoods


Beyoglu is situated just north of Istanbul's city center and is separated from Old Town by the Golden Horn. Karakoy is its ferry terminus. Considered the newest part of Istanbul, the neighborhood has a distinct European feel. At the top of pedestrian Istiklal Caddesi is Taksim Square, the hub of the neighborhood. Here, tourists can catch the tram.

The Pera Palas Oteli is on Tepebasi Caddesi and the flower and fish markets are near the Galatasary Lisesi and its tram station of the same name.

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Center: Sultanahmet

Sultanahmet (also meaning Hippodrome in Turkish) is the old historic area of Istanbul surrounding the Blue Mosque. Its central location sits west of the Bosphorus, north of the Marmara Sea, and south of Divan Yolu Caddesi.

Hagia Sofia is within easy walking distance from Sultanahmet. From the Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace is roughly a 15-minute walk while the Grand Bazaar is about 30 minutes away on foot.

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Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar and covered market of Istanbul is north of Divan Yolu and northwest of the Sultanahmet neighborhood. The market, a labyrinthine maze of 4,500 shops, is also near the city's main university. The Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace are both about a 30-minute walk from the Grand Bazaar.

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Serraglio is the area surrounding Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sofia south of the Golden Horn waterway and west of the Bosphorus. The Sirkeci train station, with service to Greece and Eastern Europe, is located northwest of the palace.

Eminonu is west of the train station and the terminus for many bus, ferry and tram lines.

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