Where to go in Istanbul: get to know the sights of the historical city center

My most recent trip was to Istanbul, a city with the past so present these days that even the hotel I stayed in has a historical reference. Today I will show you a bit of my tour through the historical center of Istanbul, the Sultanahmet district, and give some tips on where to go and how to visit each place there.

Sultanahmet has long been the heart of Constantinople, sheltering the monuments built in the Byzantine, Ottoman and Roman Empires, and automatically becomes the place most chosen by tourists to stay, being very close to the points of visit and the ease of circular in the small neighborhood.

So here’s the first tip: stay for a while in the historic center, there you will not even need a taxi to get around during your tours since everything is so close that you do the tour without difficulties even walking.

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Juju Coelho on tour by Sultanahmet wearing Mon Regard Knitwear, Dimmy Short Jumpsuit, Le Briju Earrings, Prada Boots.
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The city has a mix of past cultures and religions, so you can find well diversified and contrasting points, such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. One was built during the Roman empire and the other during the Ottoman, respectively. When the Blue Mosque began to be built the intention was that the place was larger and more beautiful than the Basilica of another religion.

Juju Coelho tells Where to go in Istanbul: get to know the sights of the historical city center. Look Of The Day: Tricot Mon Regard Knitwear, Dimmy Short Jumpsuit, Le Briju Earrings, Prada Boots.
Juju Coelho visits the Blue Mosque of Sultanahmet. Click on the image to buy tickets by Get Your Guide.
Juju Coelho tells Where to go in Istanbul: get to know the sights of the historical city center.
Basilica of Saint Sophia. Click on the image to buy your ticket by Get Your Guide.

In addition to these, other sights of the place are:

The Cistern of the Hagia Sophia which was built during the Roman empire beneath the Basilica as a reservoir of water for the palace. Today the cistern is surrounded by pontoons where the tourists pass to admire the place.

Juju Coelho tells Where to go in Istanbul: get to know the sights of the historical city center.
Cisterna da Basílica. Clique para comprar seu ingresso pelo Get Your Guide

The Hippodrome, also known as the Hippodrome square, was a very important place during the time of Constantinople. It was here that the most important events were held, but today it is more a place for good photos and rest between one visit and another.

Juju Coelho tells Where to go in Istanbul: get to know the sights of the historical city center.
Garden of the Hipodromo Istanbul. Click on the image to buy your Get Your Guide tour.

The Topkapi Palace, built by Mehmet the conqueror after the conquest of Constantinople. The Palace stands behind the Hagia Sophia and today functions as a museum.

Juju Coelho tells Where to go in Istanbul: get to know the sights of the historical city center.
Topkapi Palace. Click on the image to buy your ticket by Get Your Guide

the Mosaic Museum of the Great Palace, an uncovered and restored area in Sultanahmet that has the floor covered by a mosaic. The entire floor, at the time of Constantinople, was covered by such mosaics, but only where the museum is located today were entire mosaics of the sec. V still.

 Juju Coelho tells Where to go in Istanbul: get to know the sights of the historical city center.
Mosaic Museum of the Great Palace

And the Archaeological Museums of Istanbul, a complex near the Topkapi Palace which houses three museums in historical buildings: the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Oriental Antiquities and the Enamelled Kiosk Museum.

Juju Coelho tells Where to go in Istanbul: get to know the sights of the historical city center.
Museus Arqueológicos de Istanbul. Clique na imagem para comprar seu ingresso pelo Get Your Guide

Nós sabemos que um dia de passeios assim também requer um look, além de lindo, confortável. Por isso vou deixar aqui também minha escolha de look para este dia como dica para vocês: Um macaquinho bem básico estampado com um tricôzinho, já que o dia estava um pouco mais frio. O casaco de tricô, no caso desta composição, faz toda a diferença e também pode ser tirado se ao longo do dia esquentar um pouco mais, tornando assim seu look mais versátil. Por fim, as minhas botas companheiras para garantir o conforto e a elegância enquanto eu andava bastante.

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Juju Coelho tells Where to go in Istanbul: get to know the sights of the historical city center. Look Of The Day: Tricot Mon Regard Knitwear, Dimmy Short Jumpsuit, Le Briju Earrings, Prada Boots.
Juju Coelho on tour by Sultanahmet wearing Mon Regard Knitwear, Dimmy short jumpsuit, Le Briju Earrings, Chloé Boot.
Juju Coelho tells Where to go in Istanbul: get to know the sights of the historical city center. Look Of The Day: Tricot Mon Regard Knitwear, Dimmy Short Jumpsuit, Le Briju Earrings, Prada Boots.
Juju Coelho on tour by Sultanahmet wearing Mon Regard Knitwear, Dimmy short jumpsuit, Le Briju Earrings, Chloé Boot.

I doubt that after this script through the historic center you will fail to make this trip.
And you, already went to Istanbul? Leave here in the comments your experience and your tips on the place!

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