Backpacking

A Video Tour of Sultanahmet and Istanbul’s Old Town

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Posted on / by Alex Berger

Istanbul at Sunset

Join me as I brave a light blizzard to take you through several of Istanbul’s key sights offering up small pieces of historical trivia along the way. This cozy video tour of the city takes you to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (commonly known as the Blue Mosque), Hagia Sophia, The Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace (including the Harem), and the Grand Bazaar.

The Sultanahmet  district is an incredibly rich part of the city. While much more touristy than many other areas in the city, it is home to many of Istanbul’s great buildings and historical relics.  When I pause to reflect on it, it is shocking how much history is crammed into a relatively small space.  Despite covering an area you can walk across in some 20-30 minutes, you’ll need to dedicate several days to exploring the various mosques, palaces, and bazaars.

Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.

6 Comments

  • Miruna
    April 9, 2012

    Great Post! I was there and I enjoyed it! Isn’t it a vibrant place?
    Regards,

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    • Alex Berger
      April 9, 2012

      Most definitely is! Such rich history. It really is one thing to read about how old and incredible the buildings are, and a totally different thing to actually see and experience them in person.

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  • Natalie
    April 15, 2012

    Great video Alex – I am back there at the end of this month and so looking forward to it!

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  • Turtle
    May 23, 2012

    Gosh you talk a lot!! 🙂

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