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Address: Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 212 522 1750
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Magnificent Hagia Sophia

The Muslims' plastering over the Christian symbols preserved the frescoes and mosaics. This is an amazing worship space.

Reviewed June 13, 2014
Sarah L
Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

The Muslims' plastering over the Christian symbols preserved the frescoes and mosaics. This is an amazing worship space.

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

This history of the place is amazing. It is one of the treasures of Istanbul. Probably the best known landmark here and one of the most important.

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Reviewed June 13, 2014

The great Turkish architect, Sinan, created and defined the style of both Constantinople and the Ottoman Empire, and Hagia Sophia is his masterpiece. This huge structure, with its massive central dome was made possible by Sinan's technique for dissipating the downward force created by these weighty, but spectacular features sideways, creating a building so strong, so solid, that it would... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

This had been the largest building in the world for,literally, centuries. You can imagine people, maybe armies, riding through this building on horseback. The dimensions take your breath away.

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Reviewed June 13, 2014

Hagia Sophia, the most ancient and important monument in old Byzantium is now a Museum rather than the ancient Church of history it once was. The whole visit is spoiled by the huge number of visitors pushing and queuing to get in, once in, again another spoiler, as much is closed for renovation work. My advice, read up on its... More 

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Vadodara, India
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

Excellent place of great historic value and very well preserved. Worth spending good amount of time. Unfortunately if you take the guided tour you are out in less than 30 minutes, it only gives an overview. Best is to it on your own with audio guide which would explain the details.

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Orangevale, California
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

Unlike the Blue Mosque with is a working mosque, Sophia is now a Museum which shows off both religions. They have removed some of the plastering to show the intricate mosaics when it was a Roman Church. TIP: You will be approached by tour guides that state they can get you in faster than standing in line, but will cost... More 

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Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

My second visit to this greatest of churches in the east. Unfortunately, some renovation was going on. About one of half of the nave is involved. The admission price is now 30 tl, up from two years ago. A guide is not really need but most of them sounded like they knee what they were talking about. The must see... More 

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Reviewed June 12, 2014

This was the first tourist attraction we visited after reaching Istanbul. The history behind the building is truly amazing. Not that big inside, you will need maximum 1.5 hours at the very most.

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Reviewed June 12, 2014

Hagia Sofia was beautiful. But it was exactly what you see on the postcard. I was expecting more seeing as it is classed as a museum, but in fact it is just an empty building; which I find rather heartbreaking. I was carrying my sleeping daughter so opted out of the audio tour, and perhaps that is why I missed... More 

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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 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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