I did not like this place at all! it was very crowded, very hot and didn't really catch my interest overall. I will not go there if I ever go back to istanbul.
People not interested in history (like me) should not imitate most of the travelers & visit Aya Sofya museum. It has just one roof. The ticket price is extremely expensive (at least for those having weak currencies like India). Agreed that Istanbul is historic cities but it has so many other things to offer. So go & explore them rather... More
The first of the churches built by Justinian in the city, before Hagia Sophia, now a mosque. A beautiful little building with an interesting dome, deeply carved tops to the capitals, and a frieze in Greek running above them. The former medrese is now converted into little workshops for artists, with rabbits and ducks in the courtyard, and there is... More
While not comparable to the real Aya Sophia, the architecture and some of the decorations are still worth a visit. It's a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Sultanahmet, and next to the old city/sea walls of Constantinople. Entrance is free, although it's still a functioning mosque, so you will have to dress accordingly and take off your... More
This little place is so quite and peaceful, there was a school attached to the building and a small graveyard on the other side. It might not be a must-see but you better take a look and combine it with nearby sites.
For a quieter experience, and just as beautiful as the other big sites(Ayasofya and the Blue Mosque) I would come here - its simple and peaceful. Ladies: as with all mosques - you'll need a scarf to cover your head - long sleeves and no shorts! They have wraps you can borrow, but most people prefer to bring their own.... More
What a beautiful, peaceful place. Our hotel was across the street from this small mosque and I could see it from my balcony. Built in the 6th century, it is beautifully preserved just inside the old city walls. In the cloister area outside is the station where worshipers wash themselves before entering the mosque and a small cemetery. The inside... More
Ayasofya is a symbol of rich turkish culture. It depicts how Turkish society progressed to become so tolerant. Very well kept historical building
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