One of the most magical and fascinating travel destinations in the world has to be Istanbul, the city that has seen the rise and fall of several empires, the only city stretching on two continents and so many more epithets. Wandering around the streets of Istanbul can be a true journey back in time, each stone and each building having its own story and significance. No trip to Istanbul would be complete without a visit to the Sultanahmet District, the cradle of the city and definitely the area with the highest concentration of attractions. There are many places to see and things to do in Sultanahment, so it might seem pretty daunting to visit everything, but there are some places that are truly inspiring and should not be missed.
The fact that the whole tip of the peninsula has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a testament to the wonderful and important landmarks located in this district. Start your day with an emotional immersion into the past of the Ottoman Empire with the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the symbol of one of the most powerful empires in history, today an insightful museums holding more treasures than one could imagine. Seat of the Ottoman sultans for about four centuries, the Palace offers unforgettable moments of atonement and admiration, walking its luxurious halls, the incredible Treasury or the mysterious Harem. A visit of the palace and its gardens can uncover some of the greatest secrets behind the wealth and power of an empire, for a truly fascinating history lesson.
Just outside the walls of the Topkapi Palace, the imposing silhouette of the Hagia Sophia Mosque, one of the oldest and most impressive monuments of the city. Hagia Sophia was originally a Christian cathedral, constructed in the 6th century during the Eastern Roman Empire. After the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Empire, it became a mosque, and later a museum. It impresses through its mass and dimensions, the exquisite mosaics housed inside and not lastly its historical importance. Leaving this amazing monument, the next attractions that no tourist should miss is the Blue Mosque, or the Sultanahmet Mosque, earning its surname from the beautiful blue and green mosaics that adorn it. It is one of the most famous monuments in the world, with its distinctive architecture and slender minarets rising above the city.
From Roman and Byzantine times, two other attractions are located within walking distance from the palace and the mosques. The old Hippodrome has become a popular meeting place and a great location to know more about the old and modern Istanbul, while the Basilica Cistern is a mysterious and unusual attraction, an underground water tank from ancient times, adorned with stone pillars and statues. Close by, two interesting museums are also worth exploring in order to learn more about the past of the city, the Museum of Archaeology and the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art. There are surely many other things to see in Sultanahmet, each and every building having its own history and charm. Among other attractions you should not miss, we can include the Suleymaniye Mosque, Rustem Pasa Mosque, Gulhane Park, the Million Column and many others.
While visiting all these incredible sights and monuments, your best option would be to find a good and affordable hotel right in Sultanahmet Districts of Istanbul. While these are a bit pricier than other areas of the city, the difference is more than worth, being in walking distance from the wondrous marvels like the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque. Among the top hotel choices in Sultanahmet is the splendid four stars Premist Hotel. Perfectly located within walking distance for the treasures of old Istanbul, the hotel has many features to make any guest feel just as home. With everything from economy rooms to family rooms to luxury suites, Premist Hotel also offers the typical warm and exquisite Turkish quality of service. The style and design of the rooms and the hotel itself comes from the rich architectural heritage of Istanbul. If you want an accommodation that will show you both the charm of old Istanbul, with all the luxury and comfort of modernity, Premist Hotel is definitely your best choice in Sultanahmet District of Istanbul.