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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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Ranked #7 of 646 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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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A fantastic piece of history, it's ceiling is magnificent and the building is full of history. It is a working mosque and several times during the day you can experience the call to prayers, this can be a little frightening and at the same time a marvellous experience.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Ayasofya was amazing and I'm so glad I visited. Be prepared by reading your history ahead of time…and then read again after you visit -- it will mean so much more once you've stood inside. Yes, there is often scaffolding which can require you to have a little imagination to see the full effect as it is without restoration. I... More

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Tallinn, Estonia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It was church, then turned into mosque and now again church. (hopefully it will be church forever). They are still renovaiting it but worth to visit anyways. Pay attention to details - it makes this place more special.

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Rawalpindi, Pakistan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Feels amazing to walk on rock that has been polished by 1500+ years of footsteps - the juxtaposition of Christian and Islamic religious symbols make it even more interesting - would recommend climbing up the circuitous ramp to the first floor as well

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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Be prepared to queue. If you're with a guided group your queue time will be a lot longer than your time in the museum. Lots of much-needed and overdue restoration is under way, but in reality there's little going for this except the age and history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

My husband and I had been swept through here on a ship's tour a year ago. We returned with our son recently and spent much more time here to see it more in depth. Before leaving home I had downloaded an iPhone audio tour that I listened to while walking through at my own pace. It is definitely worth having... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Management lose marks for the price. Since half the interior is concealed by scaffolding at the moment, its difficult to experience the whole thing. Hence, it is a bit rude charging full price when you are not getting the full product. Nonetheless, this building is a must see, from the inside and out. Architechture and history lovers will not be... More

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Portland, Oregon
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This place has been so many things - church, mosque, now a museum. Definitely get the headset to listen because otherwise, you are looking at stuff but really don't appreciate the depth.

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Sahy, Slovakia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The Ayasofia is one must in Istanbul. I stood the half of an hour long que, enjoied the exterior of the building. I expected inside the museum. But: inside I found the nothing. There are old paintings on the walls, and that´ s all. The value is surely less than the entry fee.

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This place was so beautiful! We were lucky enough to have a tour guide with us to explain the history of Hagia Sophia too - which I think added to the entire experience.

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