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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

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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
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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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A place for soul and mind

I was twice in Istanbul and every time I visited Hagia Sophia Church/Museum. Each time it was breathtaking. The grandeur of the church, the beauty, the game of the light makes you... read more

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Chisinau, Moldova

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Chisinau, Moldova
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was twice in Istanbul and every time I visited Hagia Sophia Church/Museum. Each time it was breathtaking. The grandeur of the church, the beauty, the game of the light makes you to forget to breath. Literally. You just can't take the eyes from beauty around you. Also, this place is a good trigger for your knowledge about history of... More 

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Delhi
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45 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Centrally located and full of historical facts, the place is a must visit for all tourists to Istanbul. Well preserved and kept it truly brings out the evolution of Turkish empire.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You should view the building from all angles, it changes with the light and looks amazing. Unfortunately there was works happening on the inside, so it ruined what would have been an amazing view of the church inside. The mosaics are also magnificent.

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Thank Pete S
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After we came inside there was so much to see, the only bad thing was the renovation on one side, so we did not see everything. Then we went upstairs and there were amazing views inside and outside. Take a look outside, there are some amazing photos for souvenir to make as well.

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Thank Drejci81
Istanbul, Turkey
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the landmarks, almost 1500 years old, and a must visit place for everyone coming to Istanbul.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To write about Agia Sophia while so many architects, art experts and scientists have written tones of books, shows at least audacity. So, I will transfer only my feelings about this monument. The exterior, especially after the later years additions doesn't give you any hint about the interior. The first impression entering the "pronaos" however raises immediately respect and interest.... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Located on Sultanahmet across the square from the Blue Mosque. It was originally built as a catholic church but then converted into a mosque and is now a museum. The interior is interesting with a mix of christian and islamic history with christian mosaics adorning the walls and then Qu'ranic quotes displayed throughout also. There is often a large queue... More 

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Thank NiallODonoghue
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting place and worth visiting for history lovers. around you can find the Blue mosque and many historical places to visit.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a must, the decor the buildings are just amazing, if you have to visit a museum then I suggest you come here, great.

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Thank markgforce
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You simply cannot go to istanbul and miss seeing this beautiful Mosque. The history, and the architecture of the mosque that was previously constructed as a church a long time ago is just magnificent. Located at the heart of Sultan Mohammat square you can also walk and visit the Blue Mosque, Topkapi and their local bazaar

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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