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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 1750
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Ranked #6 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: This architectural marvel displays 30 million gold tiles throughout...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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 it was constructed in the 6th century.
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Kearney, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

First time I saw this building was in the old James Bond movie. So much more in person. During our visit major work was underway. Still a most incredible place to visit.

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Clermont-Ferrand, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

While it was under renovation at the time I visited (December 2014) it was still a great visit. On the pricier side at 30 TL entrance, if you are a fan of architecure and religious history then it is a must. When stepping inside you will be awe-struck with the differences and grandeur that this amazing place presents.

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Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

If you see nothing else in Istanbul, you must go to the Hagia Sophia, stand in its sanctuary, climb the stone stairs up to the balcony and look down. It is awash in golden light and absolutely transforming,

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

A fascinating building reflecting the changes that history has bought to the area. Strange, yet hope inducing, to be in a building that proudly carries its mix of Christian and Muslim heritage side by side, without a sense of a need to destroy the other. Maybe it shows there is some hope in world for the moderate of view!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This will be a much better attraction when the renovations are done. Right now the scaffolding takes up a lot of the main area. Travel up the ramp to the second floor to see better paintings and architecture. It was neat to see the ornate crosses seeping through the Islamic symbols throughout the structure from when the Hagia Sophia was... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This museum and church is remarkable. Some of the artefacts can bring you to tears, given their amazingly valuable subject matter.

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Udaipur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Worth visit this place where Christianity and Islam can be seen to-gather. Wondering how did they build such a Magnificent structure in the past.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Hagia Sophia was a church that was built in Constantinople around 537 AD. The building itself is about 1 and a half millenia old. However, it is not the same way it was built, because as the Turks conquered the city in 1453, they turned it into a mosque. In Hagia Sophia, which was made a museum in 1930's, visitors... More 

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Pristina, Kosovo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Most visit place, as soon as u can, ticket is 30lira that is 11euro. there is a line at the gate from tourists, and also peoples who can give u a tour 60lira per person so u skip the line and just get in, but line goes fast so no need for any guide. Hagia sophia doesn't work on Mondays.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

It is important that you get a (non turkish) guide, in order to hear the real history of this unique monument of Christianity. The Architecture, the greatness, the unbeleivable frescos (although they have been destryed by the Ottomans, you will realize the miracle of this art as soon as you see some surviving parts on Aghia Sofia's walls). Do not... More 

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