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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Sultanahmet | Eminonu District, Istanbul, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
+90 212 522 1750
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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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

From church to mosque to museum, i loved how Mary sits between Allah and prophet Mohammad. Such a beauty of bringing Christianity and Islam together.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Agia Sophia was the largest Christian Church until St Paul's cathedral in Rome was constructed. It still remains an impressive architectural site although with sadness one sees the Islamic minarets around it and the Islamic crescent. Christian or not it is worth visiting and see the most important building of the Byzantine Empire

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Istanbul
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Ayasofya is a must place to go if you ever visit Istanbul. History, beauty, art, Islam and Christianity, all in one place. Do not forget to go to 2nd floor. It has a small entrance so you may miss it. It is on the very left hand when you enter the mosque. There are no stairs but a small way... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

You could not and should not go to Istanbul without seeing this amazing monument. Not only is it one of the largest domes ever built, and was the largest dome for some thousand or more years, its historical significance is truly awe inspiring. Dotted about the place are doors that look original and you can imagine Emperor Constantine walking through... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Used to be a palace then a mosque and now it's a museum. I thought Hagia Sofia was terrific with its beautiful architecture, art, mosaics, etc. it also provides a cool (temperature) refuge on a hot Istanbul day!

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Amherst
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

very impressive... It is amazing to see the architecture and the fact that this place has stood the Turkish earthquakes over the years - so much to see...

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Queues to enter were not too bad, there is the option to buy the Museum card to jump the queue, but you need to ensure you're going to visit enough of the museums to justify it. However once you get through the main gate, the hoardes of tourists seem to have an aversion to using the self service ticket machines.... More

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Pilot Point, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

beautiful lots of scaffolding for redoing the interior bucket list item YES really beautiful and lots of restoration have revealed beautiful tile work

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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I know it is a cliche but if the walls of Hagia Sophia could talk. Your guide could spend hours telling you the full history of this museum. It was wonderful to slowly walk around to view the large chandelier, fiascos, and architecture of the building.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Be early to get in before the crowds in peak season. If you would like an audio tour make sure you take id (passport) with you to leave as a deposit.

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