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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

This place was breathtaking!! From the beauty outside to the grand splendor when you walk inside! It does close quite early and there is a lot to see, so I'd suggest you give yourself a plenty of time (at least a few hours)!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

A must see! It has great history and makes for some great photo ops!!!One of the highlights of our trip. Ladies, don't forget to cover your head, shoulders and knees.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best temple ever all over the world ever. It has great history and architecture aswell. Everybody should see this highlight of Istanbul, i highly recommended to visit it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

A beautiful church which in my estimation is better than the Blue Mosque. The murals and tiles amke it a lovely place to visit.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

When i entered to the Αγία Σοφία, this huge historical church , grabbed a shivering thrill. First thing that came in my mind was such a shame that turned into a mosque this huge Byzantine Church.Nothing have been saved inside from this Orthodox church .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Hagia Sofia means 'devine wisdom' in English. If you want to get lost for a while in the history this is your place. The mystery it still whispers into your ear, will impress you! I am a very good traveler within my own country Turkey and frankly I can say this is something!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

astonishing, amazing, breathtaking place in Istanbul. Absolutely must see if in Istanbul. One of the places where you might have special feeeling and physically touch history long run. Blue Mosque is just few meters away. You can see it from windows. Amazing view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We toured to Aya Sofya with a professional guide, which I recommend. One can't help but be awed by the size, scale, and beauty of the structure, especially given it was built in the sixth century and has been wrecked by earth quakes a few times. The restoration work has uncovered many of the original mosaics that were covered when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

One of the"must see" locations in Istanbul but truly worth the visit. Rich with history and interesting in and of itself you should not miss this if in the Sultanhamet area of Istanbul.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

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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