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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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As featured in 3 days in Istanbul
Ranked #7 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Pictures do not do this place justice. This building, 1,500 years old, has stood the test of time, earthquakes, wars, and man made disasters. Very few people realize that if Hagia Sophia was still used as it was originally intended, it would be the largest church in the world; even larger than St. Peter's in Rome. As impressive as Hagia... More

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Algiers, Alger, Algeria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

When we visited this museum there were works inside it. also the lighting was not adequate to admire the interior of the building.

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Brisbane, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Hagia Sofia is a wonderful example of the revolution of one religions building into another from basilica to mosque. Worth seeing.

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Athens, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I was expecting something more... I had read so many things about Ayasofya but it wasn't the place that you say ... Oh my god!

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Bahrain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

You can't see this place without a guide or an audio-aide. Boards / information is not well placed. Half of the area was under maintenance. 1 hour should be adequate to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

One of the places in İstanbul That you cann't miss. İn Sultanahmed. Used to be a Catedral, now is an interesting Museum.

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Altoona, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Anything that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is absolutely worth seeing and this is no exception. It is a museum now, but was a Christian church for almost 1,000 years. Hagia Sophia is a massive structure. It is amazing that such things could be built so many, many years ago. Do not miss seeing this place!

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Istanbul - the city between east and west! Historicly magnificent and interesting city - lots of history to see and experiece!

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I loved the architecture and history but honestly i think its over priced and can be seen in 5-10 mins, maybe going in with a tour guide would have changed things but left much more to be desired

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Advising to get a good package with the tour company, as the only language using in Turkey is turkish.

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