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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Address: Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 522 1750
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Type: Architectural buildings, Religious sites, History museums, Historic sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: This architectural marvel displays 30 million gold tiles throughout...
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Type: Architectural buildings, Religious sites, History museums, Historic sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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 it was constructed in the 6th century.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

U must not miss this stunning example of archetectual wonder and awe - amazing! Again a little expensive but worth every tf.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Great place to go at night- beautiful view and so much calmer than during the day! worth going few times.

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Spent a few hours there with a private guide who was amazing. This is truly an amazing site not to be missed while in Istanbul.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Amazing views in Istanbul is stunning place .is a church and mosque turned to a museum it important piece of history.you must visited if u are in istanbul

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Hagia Sophia is a museum now--it was, at different times, a cathedral and a mosque. The juxtaposition of the Imam's staircase near the artwork of the Virgin Mary is a little startling. Like many mosques, the inside is largely an open area. The main attraction is the architecture and restored frescoes and other art. At TL 25 to enter it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I loved it so much. the inside was breathe taking. I took so many photos and the people are so kind. there are also many signs that are in English if you don't speak and read Turkish and there are tours in many languages through out the day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This for me is the best of all the various things I have visited in Istanbul. The history is just fascinating and inside is breathtaking. Worth a visit and just queue up.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The incomparable history here is very unique: muskim, christian, political, religious, it has it all. This is the most interesting site I've seen in my short stay in Istanbul. Don't miss this fascinating site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I've heard so much about this monument, so when I got the chance to visit, I was enchanted by the beautiful and rich interior. It gave me a peaceful feeling knowing it is a symbol of peace between the different religions. The world needs it so much!

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

From the outside, the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya musezi in Turkish) looks like just another stunning mosque on the Sultanahmet skyline. However, on the inside, you can really see how the building stands out, it was originally an orthodox church built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 530's CE, however, after the Ottomans came in 1453, the Hagia Sophia was... More 

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