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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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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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A must for history lovers

Absolutely beautiful. Took me by surprise how old this place was. Get the museum card, which gives you access to topkapi and many other museums

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

Absolutely beautiful. Took me by surprise how old this place was. Get the museum card, which gives you access to topkapi and many other museums

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

Was fascinated by the achievement of early engineers in building this huge Cathedral/Mosque/museum in 5 years. Built in 537AD, its dome reaches 55m tall. Even so, there is no staircase to the upper gallery. Instead, a stone ramp - so that the Emperor could ride his horse up instead of walking! It was first a Christian Basilica then became an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

very impressed with this museum. a must see if in Istanbul. try and get there early to avoid the crowds.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Frankly, I went there twice in 2 years and I was always crowed (ok that's normal) but after two years it was still under renovation. Just a few information panels to understand the history and the past of this architectural marvel. The first time I had a museum card (hopefully) the second not, and it was too expensive. Anyway if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Colorful old cheque which has survived at least 2 fires and is currently under renovation. Originally a Christian church but converted into a mosque under Ottoman rule. However it remains a graceful old structure with a rich history. Was used for inaugurations of Roman leaders and the exact location still intact and visible to appreciate.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Certain areas were cordoned off hence limited access. Overall very interesting. Our visit to Hagia Sophia was rushed especially the gallery, as we had only 1:30 hours to visit. Would definitely go back when we are next in Istanbul. A must for those interested in history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The Aya Sophia is truly a special place. Our favourite church in the world so far. Make sure you read up/ get a GOOD guide in order to maximise your experience and truly appreciate its history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Multi historical venue, created as a place of worship as temple in 5th Century then changed to Church followed by a mosque. Truelly artistic and subtle transitions.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This museum is way overpriced and kind of a joke. I have no idea why it is rated so highly. There's no information about what you're seeing unless you spend even more money on a headset. For travelers on a budget: skip this and go to the area's free sites, like the Blue Mosque.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This is a must! If you only visit one attraction on Sultanamet Square let it be this one. Only 4 stars due to renovations affecting the overall experience. The video shown on ground level is interesting - watch it first & you'll understand more when you walk around

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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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