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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 1750
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Ranked #6 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: This architectural marvel displays 30 million gold tiles throughout...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

When i entered to the Αγία Σοφία, this huge historical church , grabbed a shivering thrill. First thing that came in my mind was such a shame that turned into a mosque this huge Byzantine Church.Nothing have been saved inside from this Orthodox church .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Hagia Sofia means 'devine wisdom' in English. If you want to get lost for a while in the history this is your place. The mystery it still whispers into your ear, will impress you! I am a very good traveler within my own country Turkey and frankly I can say this is something!

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

astonishing, amazing, breathtaking place in Istanbul. Absolutely must see if in Istanbul. One of the places where you might have special feeeling and physically touch history long run. Blue Mosque is just few meters away. You can see it from windows. Amazing view.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We toured to Aya Sofya with a professional guide, which I recommend. One can't help but be awed by the size, scale, and beauty of the structure, especially given it was built in the sixth century and has been wrecked by earth quakes a few times. The restoration work has uncovered many of the original mosaics that were covered when... More 

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Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

One of the"must see" locations in Istanbul but truly worth the visit. Rich with history and interesting in and of itself you should not miss this if in the Sultanhamet area of Istanbul.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

First time I saw this building was in the old James Bond movie. So much more in person. During our visit major work was underway. Still a most incredible place to visit.

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Clermont-Ferrand, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

While it was under renovation at the time I visited (December 2014) it was still a great visit. On the pricier side at 30 TL entrance, if you are a fan of architecure and religious history then it is a must. When stepping inside you will be awe-struck with the differences and grandeur that this amazing place presents.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

If you see nothing else in Istanbul, you must go to the Hagia Sophia, stand in its sanctuary, climb the stone stairs up to the balcony and look down. It is awash in golden light and absolutely transforming,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

A fascinating building reflecting the changes that history has bought to the area. Strange, yet hope inducing, to be in a building that proudly carries its mix of Christian and Muslim heritage side by side, without a sense of a need to destroy the other. Maybe it shows there is some hope in world for the moderate of view!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This will be a much better attraction when the renovations are done. Right now the scaffolding takes up a lot of the main area. Travel up the ramp to the second floor to see better paintings and architecture. It was neat to see the ornate crosses seeping through the Islamic symbols throughout the structure from when the Hagia Sophia was... More 

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