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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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Amazing Hagia Sophia

Phenomenal, get a guide, if you can, watch the Discovery channel program on the "secrets of the Hagia Sophia" before you go, explains how it withstood all the earthquakes over the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Phenomenal, get a guide, if you can, watch the Discovery channel program on the "secrets of the Hagia Sophia" before you go, explains how it withstood all the earthquakes over the centuries. Check out the "grafitti left by the Vikings (!), its on teh balusteade in the south balcony.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Can you imagine the people who walked through this place 200 300 600 years ago. Please, do your self a favor. Go visit this place

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Absolutely fantastic place. Beside the history and pictures I was impressed by the entrance and the symbols. My advise is to dedicate at least an entire day for visiting this church and it is mandatory to take a guided tour.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

A beautifully maintained and significant building that symbolises the ability of Muslim and Christian to peacfull co sxist

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Tehran Province, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Must see this marvel!!! Hagia Sophia that originally the building was a church that had been revered as head temple of the Greek Orthodox Church, was converted to Islam in the mosque (Mosque). It says "Hagya Sofia" in the Greek. When it is converted to a mosque, because had been hardened paint in the plaster on top of the stunning... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

An awe inspiring place. The architecture and mosaics are outstanding. You feel the history. Hard to put in words as the grandiosity cannot be described and must be experienced.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

If you are a history buff and you are in Istanbul, do not miss this place. Its really an amazing piece of architecture and historical evidence of two major religions in the world (one building, two religions).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Very beautiful building, well worth seeing. I'm not sure if I'd go so far as to call it a museum though. It's a church with lots of features but no exhibits as such..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

How could anyone travel to Istanbul and not visit this amazing slice of history and feat of architecture? There are independent tour guides waiting out front as you enter. Do not be dismissive of these individuals. All Guide Leaders are certified (they display their cards). Many are historians. If one of these individuals approaches you, consider if you like her/his... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I was so touched by this place that I went back a second time. The beautiful old mosaics are some of the first christ images. The gold sparkles. I especially love the 4 dark angels in the corners. I marvel when thinking about the numbers of people who stood where I stood marveling over time.

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Address: Address: Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 522 1750
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul

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