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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

I visited this place more than a few times for the last 20 years. It's always has a unique energy. Generally the are is really tourist friendly and lots of other places to visit and see. So it is always a good idea to visit.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank korhag
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very nice place to visit. But unfortunately it was closed. Love the birds and misir around the museum.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 994rashadaa
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful place to visit, with lots of history and ancient artwork. Opposite the Blue Mosque also, with your guide available if you wish.

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

An enchanting place but such a shame that it was under construction. The architecture is magnificent so the passageway leading to the top floor

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

One of the most wonderful places I’ve been. Hagia Sophia’s history goes back to 537 AD, it’s magnificent walls and beautiful mosaic would just take your breath away. I would recommend the audio guide it’s 30 TL/person, it gives the visitor the full history of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank alaghawanmeh
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great architecture in this building which embraces Church, Mosque and now a museum. I myself found the visit a bit too cold but amazing mosaics pushed it up.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DCermelli
Reviewed 2 days ago

Fascinating place and architecture. There's so much to see and hear. I personally feel the audio guides are a must to learn more about the place especially when you are not familiar with the history of Turkey. The auto ticket machines for museum pass purchase...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank taraonhols
Reviewed 2 days ago 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
Thank VoyageThoughts
Reviewed 2 days ago 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
Thank Ammza
Reviewed 2 days ago 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
Thank 524bethr
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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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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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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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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