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Address: Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 522 1750
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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This architectural marvel displays 30 million gold tiles throughout its...

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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This is an awesome place to be. Two worlds meet together. I find it a pity that all the original frescos were removed and a paper copy portrait was hanging as a replacement... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is an awesome place to be. Two worlds meet together. I find it a pity that all the original frescos were removed and a paper copy portrait was hanging as a replacement. Expensive ticket

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very rich and combines different civilizations. So artistic. U have to see it. Ladies won't b obliged to cover like other places. Nice to hear the prayer call from it then another one right after it just like an echo from the Blue mosque.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Masterpiece of the byzantine art converted in mosque in period of ottoman empire, finally converted in museum.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's beautiful! The huge Chandeliers, The Arabic writing along side Christian pictures is amazing. It's such a peaceful place.

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Ankara, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful and mesmerizing. I've visited 3 times and enjoyed every visit. An interesting history, seen through what remains of the architecture and art. Make sure you also take the stairs up to the second floor. And it's best to purchase an Istanbul Muze Pass and include the other big sites in your visit (definitely the most economical option).

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Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful Interior and Architect. Half of the interior is under restoration so there is very limited access for visitors

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were able to walk right up and enter the Hagia Sophia, which has been on my must see list since I saa it in From Russia With Love. It is a HUGE museum and very beautiful. Definitely a must see while in Istanbul.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wisdom of God,this is the name for this church,it's huge in size and history.Emperor Justinian built this church,I loved the dome and the mixture of Christian icons with Islamic symbols. The architecture from the outside is enough to talk to you about the importance of this church that is now a museum.My children really loved it.

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Grenoble, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A MUST see in Istanbul A walk through the ages with still visible signs of how civilisation has changed ... and tried to cover up the past ... and rewrite history Fascinating, moving and at times disturbing

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Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's Istanbul's top attraction. Its entry is affordable at 40 Turkish Lira's. There is no extra charge for carrying any sort of camera (including professional cameras & tripods). You will encounter very small ques so there isn't a need to spend extra on VIP access to skip these. Partial restoration of this historic place was underway but there was still... More 

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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