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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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Such a beautiful place to visit, full of history and amazing artifacts. There was quite a lot to see, although very crowded it was worth the wait to see everything.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Benalla
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Such a beautiful place to visit, full of history and amazing artifacts. There was quite a lot to see, although very crowded it was worth the wait to see everything.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Church transformed into mosque in ancient history. Overlapping civilizations. My only problem is with the poor quality restoration that should not have been allowed in such beautiful monument. Loved the experience... make sure to have enough time for it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Unique construction, it is now a museum, fantastic marbles and holy paintings. A MUST to see when in Istanbul!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This is the best place to see while you are in Istanbul, if you are interested in old and historic places... takes two hours to visit. those audio tour is highly recommended. they have it in many languages including Farsi/Persian. Beauty of those big medallions hung on columns. Make sure you buy your tickets online. That way you skip the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Enter hagia sophia and you feel like you are back in time, full of history and character, a mix of christianity and islam, both dynamic during its era, would love to visit again!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

It´s definitely "must see" monument in historical Istanbul. I recommend to go there as early as you can to avoid long queues. Entrance fee 30 TRY; currently under reconstruction of some parts.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The Hagia Sophia is a beautiful building to view -a good place is from the fountains outside the Blue Mosque. It is however very crowded inside (get a Museum Pass to at least miss the queues to get in) and was full of scaffolding when we were there. The art is iconic and the history undeniable, but it lacked any... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

best to do first thing in morning before coaches arrive head up stairs and through the doors to heaven for best photos.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Steps away from the Blue Mosque and even more impressive on the inside. Don't miss it. There is some restoration happening but still very much worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We visited this place in May, on the 1st - when the whole world has a couple of days off. It was jammed packed with people - huge line at the entrance at any hour of the day. Especially so in the weekend. We bought a museum card and skipped the line. These are sold either colse to the entrance... More 

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