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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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Ranked #6 of 643 Attractions in Istanbul
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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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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is a must see in Istanbul. While there is much scaffolding up right now, most of the interior is unblocked for the eye to see. The mosaics, art work and marble pillars (some are called the 7th wonders of the world) are all here to see. The story of the 3 doorways and who went through which during those... More

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Falkirk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This was truly a wonderful place to visit when in Istanbul. It is beautiful and so majestic. We had a tour guide showing us around which was great bonus. She told us so much about the place. It has to be seen to believe. Would recommend anyone going to see it while in Istanbul.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is right next door to the Blue Mosque so easy to do together. They are a short walk apart. A very ugly building from the outside but once inside well worth seeing and make sure you go upstairs and look out the small windows.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This building has been converted from a church to a mosque and thus is a bit different from the other mosques we visited. Inside the building one could see a traces from the christianity. It was interesting to see a fusion of christianity and islam in one and the same building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The museum (ex-church, ex-mosque) is a beautiful building with fascinating decor crossing centuries and religions. Your ticket also gives entry to a series of exquisite mausoleums.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

As with most mosques, it is the outside that strikes you as impressive. The building is going under some renovation. Do walk around the back side for some different views. Much quieter than the tsunami of crowds in the front.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The place breathes history, a paradise for history and architecture lovers being one of few places that holds traces of an ancient temple, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Islamic aspects. What is unique about this place is its design which is the best example of Byzantine architecture with its huge dome and the brilliant way of lighting, the gold plated... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

nothing to dislike about this place it's a great place and it's full of people and tourists, Turkish people are kind and helpful

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I expected to be knocked over by this place, but it was more like being overwhelmed by the beauty of the interior and sheer size of the structure

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This place is a must for religious people, historians or just tourists. It is steeped in history and changeover of religions with ancient mosaics and a wishing thumb twisting gimmick thing on the ground floor. It is under renovations at the moment in the interior but still worth a visit.

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