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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Sultanahmet | Eminonu District, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 1750
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Ranked #6 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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NJ
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327 reviews 327 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

This is an absolute a must see. This structure was the biggest Cathedral built 1500 years ago with a dome that is not supported by pillars...an architectural feat for those times. Then it was converted to a mosque where they plastered over the beautiful mosaics. Once it became a museum they started discovering the old mosaics. As you walk through... More

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

We took a tour of this museum. It is quite crowded, but well worth it. You can't go to Istanbul and not tour the Hagia Sophia. I prefer to have a tour so that I know what I'm looking at.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

So much history - I am happy that restoration work has been started. Just how was this great basilica built without the cranes and safety devices of today. I would love to know more about the common people who built it

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Wow! When you look at the Ayasofya and think how long it has stood, it is amazing. The history is fascinating. We enjoyed seeing the restoration of the frescoes from the Ottoman plastering over 500 years ago. We went with Ozden at Turkland Tours and he has a gift at making history really interesting - even the kids were attentive.... More

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit to see the religious and cultural combinations. It was partly being restored so can't wait till its finished.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Few places have so much history of two faiths so beautifully intertwined. Allow plenty of time so you can rest halfway through.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

We went there last week . But i was disappointed to see . Restoration work was going on and there is not much to see inside its not worth what you pay to go inside instead go to sulaymaniya mosque which is free and you get nice feel when you go inside .

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

This church is very interesting, and has lots of history. It is large, and can get crowded. There is also cobblestone type tiles which may cause pain after walking or standing on for long periods of time so do wear comfortable shoes.

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Folsom, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

If you pick a guide from outside he will usher you right in with no waiting in line. However, make sure you speak to him first and feel you can understand him.

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Pleasant Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

To have a Church and a Mosque as one building was magnificent. I had done a lot of research on Hagia Sophia so I knew a little about the history and the building itself but was still amazed by this architectual wonder the 6th century.

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