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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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New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Definitely must visit while in Istanbul but go early (opens at 9am). We walked by later in the afternoon and the line had tripled in length. We decided to buy a guide - we negotiated and he charged us 150 TL for a 30-40 minute tour (including entrance fees for 3 people). We also got to skip the line for... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Absolutely amazing that something so large was built 1500 years ago.Internal space superb Mosaics really interesting

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We stayed here for a while taking pictures and walking up to the top of the museum. It was a shame that one side of the museum was actually being refurbished and we couldn't see much with the scaffolding. But this was only taking up one tenth of the rest of the museum. I wouldn't call this a museum more... More

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The queue on the Saturday was shocking but it moves fairly quickly - glad I went on the Wednesday! There are a number of 'guides' who tout for business as you queue. They cost 15TL for a tour (then the usual 30TL on top for the entrance) and get you straight to the front of the queue. We had a... More

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

1/3 of the Museum is under construction. It is best to go there at 9:00 am - opening time as the line is very long in the afternoon

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The Hagia Sophia is possibly the must do attraction for all tourists in Istanbul, it blends the rich history of Christianity and Islam while also boasting beautiful architecture. I would advise going as soon as it opens to avoid queues and purchasing the museum pass that allows you to skip the line when entering. By doing this my partner and... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The history of this church/mosque is overwhelming, as well as its architecture. This is definitely a MUST when you are in Istanbul. Dont forget to read a bit about it before the visit, yo you can have a better understanding of its interior.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

one of the best reason to visit Istanbul. also the area is perfect. many historical places and restraurants avaliable. need more than half day for the area visit.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The crowds here are overwhelming. We arrived just after 9 and were about 200m from the ticket office. We purchased a 3 day pass to attractions and entered. The site is grand. Ancient marble on the floor is stunning as is the overhead vista. If I we're to go again I would head straight upstairs which is whee the best... More

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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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