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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 522 1750
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice place but very crowded try to have tickets as early as possible. Some locals their provide help for extra 💰 See more photos on my feed @voyagethoughts

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It is one of the most beautiful designs and architecture... when study the details of architecture you can't imagine that this is not recently built! Because of its location on a high point it can be seen from far...

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful museum with friendly staff, well laid out and lots to see. Next time would hire the audio guide to make the most of it, as not huge amounts of reading material

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

the mixture between civilizations, the details, the history; it needs to be seen up close and personal.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

On the pictures of my friends I was fascinated with this Ortodox chruch, BUT acctually live is not that fascinating. Tickets are not expensive, tickets that includes entrance for Topkapi, Harem of Topkapi, Archeological Museum and Hagia Sophia is 135 TL. And there is no...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank teazivkovic
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We are Greek so for us visiting Agia Sophia is a dream come true!!!!I was cring for an hour and you can understand why if you read the history of the Church and of Kwnstantinoupoli also. You all have to visit. Agia Sophia is like...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Ohh! how could it be so perfect after 1500 years! Basically the "star" of our trip and the reason to be back for us.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A visit to Hagia Sophia (Ayasofiya) is one of the highlights of our tour in Istanbul. So much history in this once the center of the Christian Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman Empire). It was a leisurely walk from our hotel near Eminonu and Serkeci station....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Leo231_2014
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stunning stunning and again...if you studied law and Emperor Justinian and Empress Teodora..and appreciate the history of law today being applied ..come and see this and the grand minds that created Roman law as it is still followed today

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank specialOne16
Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum is worth the visit as I was fascinated by the arts and all the history behind it. It was quite crowded inside but there are guards leading the way

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
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diane B
October 31, 2018|
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Response from zebragorda | Reviewed this property |
It is a museum now requiring payment.Audio.is extra
The W
September 15, 2018|
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Response from MrsUsman | Reviewed this property |
I personally feel that this is far too much to cover in one day. You could definitely do the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and maybe - if you're quick - the Topkapi Palace too. Topkapi actually took us half a... More
September 10, 2018|
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Response from RoxLima | Reviewed this property |
I think that the one that is closed on monday is Topkapi Palace. I remember that i couldn't do it in the same day
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Yatin R
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4 days in Istanbul , pls review itinerary created by me (3 Replies)
Day of 1 Airport to Hotel Evening Visit : Gulhane Park Galata Bridge Day of 2 Morning : Blue Mosque Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) Topkapi Palace Basilica Cistern ( If time permits ) Evening : Grand Bazar Day of 3 Morning : Süleymaniye Mosque Rüstem Pasha Mosque Galata Tower evening : Taksim Square Istiklal Street Beyoglu Dolmabahçe Palace Day of 4 10.30 am Cruise , come back by 4.30p.m
September 30, 2018|
Response fromGrandGourmand|
D1: The Galata Bridge is nothing too special and it is not recommended to eat in any of the tourist traps there. Instead, I suggest you go to Nevizade Sokağı Street in Beyoğlu. D2: Seems a little full, as you recognise. BTW the Grand Bazaar closes at 7pm. The rest sound fine, and you could in fact add to D3.
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April 20, 2015|
Response fromLuddendenTurk|
This is too short a time to visit two locations, concentrate on Istanbul and leave Cappadocia for a future visit.
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August 17, 2018|
Response fromheidotheroad|
Best ask on the Greek forums about that section of your trip! Day 5 is too busy, you should start at the Topkapi Palace and you’ll probably spend about half a day there. You should take a late night flight to Cappadocia on Day 6, otherwise you won’t arrive on time to join a day tour on Day 7. Most of the sights are not in town and most of the local, recommended travel agents do not name their tours by colours! I don’t think you’ll find a direct flight from Kayseri to Mumbai, so it...More