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“The best site in Istanbul” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 1750
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3-Day Small-Group Istanbul Tour: Hagia Sophia...
Ranked #6 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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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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“The best site in Istanbul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Loved it but suggest that you go after sunset. The light reflects of the golden mosaic and it is simply beautiful

Visited November 2013
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“Must-See - where Islam meets Christianity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Incredible. This was the longest line we were subjected to while in Istanbul, but it was definitely worth it. I had done plenty of research beforehand, which turned out to be good because there is little to no information once inside. My recommendation: do your research on the history beforehand and just enjoy the stunning architecture and artwork once inside. The views from the upper level are stunning, as well. MUST SEE!

Visited August 2013
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“Astounding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Must see in Istanbul. Built in 530 AD, it is an outstanding architectural marvel. It has stood testimony to some of the sweeping changes of history, few of which happened within its doors. Kinda like an architectural Forrest Gump. Visit and soak it in and read up on the stuff that had gone on here- or read up and go visit, whatever works. Istanbul/Constantinople is a mindblowing crucible of history and the Hagia Sophia is the central piece.

Visited November 2013
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“Just 'good'”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed visiting the Hagia Sophia but there was not as much information as i would have liked once inside. Admittedly, this would probably have been resolved by buying a separate guide or one of the audio guides but nonetheless, we found ourselves walking around a beautiful building with little idea of its importance.

Recommended viewing when in Istanbul; ensure you have a relevant guide!

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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

An architectural and equisitely decorated marvel that was built in the 400's. It's far more impressive than the Vatican. Hire a guide to explain the church/mosque's history and to point out it's features. I am neither Christian nor Muslim but was awestruck by the magnificence of this structure.

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