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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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A must see for any traveler

What a grand monument. This building needs to be saved and soon. Grand in scale and steeped in history, it is awe inspiring. This is a must see on your itinerary. Showing signs of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

What a grand monument. This building needs to be saved and soon. Grand in scale and steeped in history, it is awe inspiring. This is a must see on your itinerary. Showing signs of significant damage, the work to preserve it is underway.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Amazing church, full of energy. Every inch of it can tell you a small story. I fully recommend to read its history BEFORE visiting it. You wil not regret it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Great place, incredible prostranstvo.Posetit necessarily !!! Plus advanced audio guide in their own language with an interactive map. The greatness of Byzantium have to personally experience for everyone!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

It was amazing to see Christian symbols alongside Muslim ones as both religions had used this building. Good to be there with our guide as he explained a lot of things to us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

From the outside, this church is massive. The inside was unbelievable; a jaw-dropping moment. The height of the dome, the Christian and Islamic decorations - it is hard to find words to describe it. After marvelling from the ground level, we headed up to the upper levels; not by stairs, but by a long winding stone ramp. Apparently, the royalty... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Worth the price and wait if you have to. If you can pre-arrange a private tour and skip the lines. Scaffolding has been there for years but apart from that a very interesting and historical site. Upstairs view is a must. Total visit only takes 40 mins.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

A huge church, very impressive, full of a good energy. You must go up to the stairs to see beautiful mosaics. It is hard to describe in simple words. It is an architectural monument. It's hard to imagine the real way in which it had been built a long time ago. Don't miss to observe the beautiful doors, the walls,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Beautiful....full of history! Really interesting to learn how it was once a church and a mosque and now a museum!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed visiting Hagia Sophia where the line up was much shorter than for Blue Mosque. Interesting to see the Christian influence still somewhat intact. The history of the building is quite fascinating. Very glad we made the effort to visit.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I stayed in a 300 metres line of people to see...NOTHING !! It's forbidden to walk inside with shoes so you must get off your shoes and put them into some plastic bags. The problem is that : many persons are legs who smelled very bad after they visit the town.... But the Hagia is very empty, nothing to see... More 

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