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Address: Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number:
+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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Amazing place

It is currently being refurbished, so there is scaffolding in certain areas, but this church is so amazingly full of art and history that it will leave you so rich after your... read more

Reviewed May 24, 2014
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

It is currently being refurbished, so there is scaffolding in certain areas, but this church is so amazingly full of art and history that it will leave you so rich after your visit. Take your time and discover all of its corners and mosaics...

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Reviewed May 23, 2014

To think that this building was erected more than 6 centuries before the great cathedrals of Europe and then to realize it was constructed in just 6 years is beyond belief. The construction of such a complex architecture would be challenging even with present day technology. You will stand in awe of the decor and architecture.

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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2014

This amazing building was a major church, then converted to a mosque, now a museum. The hybrid we have now is disappointing for how much has been destroyed. What remains is still priceless. The scaffolding taking up half the floor space is necessary but not an artistic addition.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2014

I would say this was the best attraction in Istanbul....much better than the Blue Mosque. I was in and out in under and hour since I am fast walker and was with only one other person, but you could easily spend more time that that to soak in more information. My biggest time? Fork over the cash for one of... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2014

This was a highlight of our trip to Istanbul. Just gorgeous and well worth the short wait to get in. Tip: If you are there during cruise ship season, go early.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2014

The history behind this museum is most interesting and the inside is amazing! Another must-see while in Istanbul.

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Queretaro City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2014

Its very touristic and there is a long line to enter, but the wait is worth it as its just so beautiful once you are inside. The mosaics, the ceiling, lamps, everything is just stunning.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2014

This place is just so huge it's almost a meditative experience when you're wandering around inside! One can only imagine what it must have been like when in use first as a church then as a mosque.

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New Forest National Park Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

The queues to get in were horrendous because it was Sunday and so we opted to make use of the services of an official guide which meant that we went to the front of the queue and had a share of his knowledge for 30 minutes. It was certainly excellent value for money as he pointed out things that we... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

A church, then a mosque now a museum, lots of history. The mosaics are fascinating. We enjoyed this even more than the Blue Mosque.

Thank Mike E

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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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