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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Sultanahmet | Eminonu District, Istanbul, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
0212 522 1750
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As featured in 3 days in Istanbul
Ranked #7 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, History Museums, Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Historical moment. You feel you are part of the history. Don't miss although you will find long queues and expensive entrance fee.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Hagia Sophia is impressive for its size and age, but its best feature is the richness in history and culture. It's definitely a must see in Istanbul!

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I remember I couldn't get over how big the building was, the colours and the clear markings for both religions, which is very strange to see. We took a guide which I would suggest, it was great to ask questions to get a better understand of the history, and there is a lot, Ottoman and Roman empire, the tickets were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

You definitely should visit this place but either go as soon as it opens, to avoid the huge queues, or much later in the day when all the tour buses have gone home. It's an amazing building, but what was NOT mentioned as we queued up and paid the normal-quite expensive-entrance fee, is that it is currently full of scaffolding... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A place full of history. Plan your visit by queuing at the entrance by at least 8.40am. Either have your Museum Pass and go to the left as you enter and skip the rest of the queue, or buy the Pass at the machines at the left as you enter. Pass holders get to skip queues so where possible flash... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

It is the center of Ottoman and Roman empire, amazing building coming over centuries, amazing inside hiding the mysticism of a mosque and church together with unique details of paints and architecture. You will certainly be impressed. One of the place that you must see before you die.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A bit disappointed because of the renovation or restoration work in progress, couldn't really see the exact scale of the work inside the building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Truly an amazing site. Go with a guide or rent a guided audio tour. Give yourself at least 1-2 hours to see everything.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is a church turned mosque. Old indeed and some beautiful frescos however, the wait to get tickets and inside is extremely long now that tourist season has arrived. It is very touristic and there are a lot of guides that promise to cut the lines and tell you in your native tongue the interesting facets of the building. I... More

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