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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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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Stunning both inside and outside - and at night when floodlit. Get there early to avoid long queues. Hire an audio guide (if not going on a guided tour) to get the most out of your visit and to ensure that you don't miss any of the mosaics. In a city where there are many impressive sights, this was the... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Amazing place that was full of history. To save time buy a museum card and skip the queue. Did get hassled outside the museum by tour guides but did not need them as it was easy to guide yourself

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Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We went there on the second day. I was expecting an astonishing building but I honestly thought I've seen much nicer buildings. Some parts were also under renovation. I loved the blue mosque much more but if ur heading to Sultanahmet, u can actually see both since they are located accross each other

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Number one attraction in Istanbul. The lines can be daunting though. Inside there is a mixture of Christian and Islamic art. Mostly doesn't have the fine detail of European churches, but the overall effect is impressive and definitely a must see.

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suburbs of philadelphia, pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The Hagia Sophia is so beautiful, it is a must see! It is located just across from the Blue Mosque. The Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays.

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth the visit! I'd recommend getting a museum pass so you don't have to wait in the horribly long line. There's a lot of history and the mix of Christianity and Islam is really interesting.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Aya Sofia is quite impressive, especially the enterior. I had visited many churches in Europe, but i have to admit that this one is extraordinary. The magnitude in combination with the history of this place makes you feel humble. I am happy to see that the church is currently under massive restoration works. Many of the mosaics and drawings are... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This museum, was mosque, was church, is fascinating. Now that it is a museum some of the Christian icons have now been exposed again and are being restored. A visit here helps to give more understanding of the history of Turkey in terms of Christianity and Islam.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It's amazing to think that this building is more than 1500 years old. I cant begin to think how they built this majestic building so long ago. Takes at least an hour to full appreciate and see the different areas of the building. If you get a tour guide (which you have to pay extra for) you can skip the... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was one of the largest buildings in the world when it was constructed in 6th Century (and still is). It is a both a beautiful building which has influenced churches all over the world and a tribute to the tolerance of Istanbul towards other religions.

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