The spectacular Istanbul is a huge city with many fascinating neighborhoods, full of character and personality. Of these Sultanahmet is the oldest and one of the most appealing. Here you can find the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Small Mosques Sofia, Yeni and New the Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, among many other fabulous places. But Sultanahmet is not only the scene of ancient buildings but also of cobbled streets with converted Ottoman houses, charming small hotels, pubs, tea rooms, where Istanbulíes eternally smoke water pipes, old buildings with spectacular terraces, which coexist with carpet stores, grocery stores and hostels. Especially in the afternoon, when all the major tours and tour buses have left, shows his soul Sultanahmet neighborhood. In some streets the good restaurants invade the pavement and night full of flavor and atmosphere, but others appear deserted, silent, full of echoes of enormous seagulls squawking. If low for some of these streets into the sea at sunset probably see the dark silhouette of a big boat coming or going slowly Bosphorus Strait.
The conservative Eyüp district takes its name from an important follower of Mohammed Ayub Ansari, a revered member of Islam. His tomb is next to the local mosque and is a holy place for Muslims. It's 4th in importance for pilgrimage after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. If it's not too busy don't miss the beautifully decorated grave. You can visit and see traditional customs of the area if you cover your head, also, you can't show your back to the grave, so you need to walk out backwards. It's better not to visit on a Friday (or another holiday) as it's busy. This quarter, in addition to the tomb, has the mosque, cemetery and a view of the Golden Horn. Here you can contemplate the other side of life of Istanbul, much more conservative and faithful to traditions. The village seems to be isolated from the rest of the city, where men and women make separate lives, modesty is basic and no one talks too high nor with fuss.