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Address: Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 522 1750
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: This architectural marvel displays 30 million gold tiles throughout its...
This architectural marvel displays 30 million gold tiles throughout its interior, and a wide, flat dome which was a bold engineering feat at the time it was constructed in the 6th century.
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Great to see, but so many people

Go to this place, but try to go when it's not crazy busy (how you will know, I have no idea). I enjoyed this but the hoards of people really made it not as pleasurable as it could... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Go to this place, but try to go when it's not crazy busy (how you will know, I have no idea). I enjoyed this but the hoards of people really made it not as pleasurable as it could be. It's also under restoration, so be prepared to only be able to take pretty pictures in half the areas.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this more than the Blue Mosque. There's more to see, not as crowded and you can some nice view from the small windows on the upper level.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

I've been here three times, every time I still have a sense of awe. Getting a guide (or at least an audio guide) is advised, the history of this place is deep and the detail that you can have explained on your tour is vastly better then the detached context of a guide book. Most amazing about this place, is... More 

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Kayseri, Kayseri, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Most impressive church in the world. The atmosphere is so great. A most precious jewel of Istanbul..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Very impressive building. Just the age is breathtaking. But were is the learning and educational part. Where are showcases and tables to better understand ? So more could be done with such a piece of history !

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Seeing this treasure in person was absolutely spectacular! The historical signifance of this structure to those of the orthodox faith is immeasurable!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Go early to avoid the queues - well worth the visit. Remarkable architecture and fascinating history with Christian and Muslim 'ownership'. If you only go to one monument this is the one.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Beautiful church/mosque and museum. Some of the paintings have been restored and so interesting. The mosaics and marble are fantastic. The old lights are restored beautifully. Half of the mosque is being restored so you don't get the entire feeling but it is nice to know the Government cares enough to restore it. The museum had some really old relics,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

One of the most important religious site in the christian world. The height of its dome and mosaics are remarkable

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

While museum is interesting, I feel that the originality that we see at other locations like Basiciilica sister/ blur mosque are simply not here..

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Address: Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 522 1750
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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