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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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Definitely a must see in Istanbul

This museum is a definitely must see if you are visiting Istanbul. It has beautiful gardens, and you'll learn something about the history of Turkey going through the museum.

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

This museum is a definitely must see if you are visiting Istanbul. It has beautiful gardens, and you'll learn something about the history of Turkey going through the museum.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very nice trip with a good guide and safe travel arrangements with good lunch. It was a very pleasant trip and my parents were happy to have selected to visit this heritage site.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is magnificent, the splendor of the church is so rich in culture , use to be a catholic church, not any more.

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My wife and I visited Hagia Sofia on our first visit to Istanbul and we were very impressed by the history and culture it is one of the places that pictures do not do justice too it has to be seen. John & Catherine

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Hagia sofia basilica is the place you have to visit if you are in Istanbul. It is unique place where you can see impact of each era and each religion which passed thru time. 40lr entrance is bit too much, but you have to see it anyway...

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is another magnificent monument . First it was a mosque than they changed it to a museum .the reflection in the water looks amazing

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To be honest, I wasn't very captivated by the appearance outside, but when you take a step inside, it'll make your jaw drop...It's pretty beautiful inside...minus the scaffolding though

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

building from 6th century is still standing impressively. when you are inside it is amazing. Loved my visit to Hagia Sophia...such beautiful views

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hagia Sophia is UNESCO-listed building which was greatest church in Christendom then converted into a mosque in 1453and then became a museum in 1935. The grand history of Hagia Sophia from the time when Istanbul was known as Constantinople, it served as a Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman imperial capital. It was constructed in the 6th century by the Byzantine Emperor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We only had about 45 minutes to tour this massive church/museum. We had been before, but our teen daughter hadn't, so we got to show her the Viking graffiti, and the gold mosaics, and the marbled walk to the second floor, and the view of the Blue Mosque from the upper windows, and the Helenistic-era vessel that served "sherbert (?)... 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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