Torun Sokak, Sultanahmet

Torun Sokak runs along the back (southeast side) of Istanbul‘sBlue Mosque, and though only two narrow lanes, is a major Sultanahmet traffic street.

Torun (toh-ROON) means “grandchild” or, if you must know, it is also the word for a 2-year-old camel.

No camels in sight today, only the soaring hulk of the Blue Mosque right across the street.

The northwest side of Torun Sokak is taken up by the backs of the Blue Mosque’s Arasta shops. The southeast side has the predictable carpet shops, and also several suitable hotels. Street noise is not a problem because of double-glazed windows and individual room air-conditioning units—a blessing in the summer heat.

Map Showing Torun Sokak, Istanbul, Turkey


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