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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
Fee: Yes
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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it is worth the time and money. We did not the audio guide and just walked around to looked at everything and it was great. I would definite recommend spending the time to go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

it is worth the time and money. We did not the audio guide and just walked around to looked at everything and it was great. I would definite recommend spending the time to go up the second floor and enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Just want to share, getting in very early is recommended to avoid long queues! Started with the Blue Mosque then straight to Hagia Sophia is a great tips. Then you'll still quite early for the Top Kapi and spend more time in Top Kapi

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

The inside architecture is spectacular given the time when it was created! Get up there as soon as it opens up to avoid tourist groups and distractions. Although 30tl seems a bit expensive for this (as it doesn't even include audio guides).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

A truly iconic and breathtaking church. From the outside it is not so impressive but once inside you will marvel at everything. From the frescos to the architecture. Some areas are damaged but don't let this take away from the beauty and the history of this church. Do not leave it out of your itinerary in Istanbul.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place to see in Istanbul! You can not miss it and after that you can visit a lot of coffee shops so you can have a taste of the Turquish coffee as well as their amazing gastronomy

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place is really worth the time and money. We went without the do it yourself audio guide and just walked around to loom at everything and it was really fascinating. The history and detail is just amazing to see. I would definite recommend spending the time to walk around and enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Such a great place, I bet you read alot of compliments. However, here are some advices : Go there early(before 9:30) other wise you will face a very long line that may take you 30 min to 1 hour to enter. It is very useful to buy the museum pass card. I did not find a direct need for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Most impresiv thing to see in Istanbul. When You see it from outside and at the moment You enter inside You realize what impresiv thing was built by Byzantin empire. At this moment there is reconstruction sight inside but it makes no problem to make an impresion on You. Also there is pleace where Roman emperators were during service, privat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The word impressive seems too unimpressive compared to the majestic masterpiece you will see as you walk in. Walking along christians, muslims and any other religious denomination is a testament of the historical value of this wonderful place. If you are ever in the general area, please, please visit this wonderful place. You will be quite impressed!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Do keep atleast 4 hours with you, if you really wish to absorb all that is Hagia Sophia. There is tons of history behind every nook and corner, and it's best enjoyed with an audioguide.

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