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Address: Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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+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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A meditative experience!

Our guide pointed out a brief history of the structure that left us mesmirized! From church to mosque, one could spend hours in quiet contemplation of the majesty of the structure.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide pointed out a brief history of the structure that left us mesmirized! From church to mosque, one could spend hours in quiet contemplation of the majesty of the structure.

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Rosenheim, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in here with our tour guide, but you've got the option to get an audio guide.... Get the museum pass for 85 TL (valid for 5 days) is you're couple of days in Istanbul and intend to visit more places otherwise the entry fee alone for the Hagia Sophia is 40 TL. Definitely worth seeing whlle in Istanbul.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Kesinlikle görülmeli. It should be visited. Great atmosphere. Very big building.Either mosque or museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was disappointed to find that about a third of the interior was filled with scaffolding when I visited, but of course restoration work is inevitable and necessary. Despite this work going on the visit was an amazing experience and I marvelled at the architecture and art work. Don't miss this, whatever level of restoration work is going on.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the most remarkable monuments you will ever see. This enormous Byzantine church dates back to 532 AD yet its dome is over 60 metres high, giving the interior of this church an enormous capacity. The gloom of the interior adds to the religious atmosphere and makes the hints of colour- light through panels of stained glass,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

During the Byzantine Empire, the cathedral was in the center of Constantinople next to the imperial palace. Currently located in the historical center of Istanbul, Sultanahmet district. For more than a thousand years, St. Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople remained the largest temple in the Christian world - until the construction of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. A magnificent, grandiose structure.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure to visit the second floor gallery and the mosaic fragments there. As will be mentioned in guide books, there is a vantage point from this floor to get the closest look possible at the mosaic of the Virgin that is above the altar - not to be missed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I won't lie, Hagia Sophia is one of my favorite landmarks on earth to visit. There is such a tremendous weight of history here, and while it's maybe not as ornate or fancy as some mosques or other structures, I feel as if you can inhale the historical significance of this building and meditate on it. Don't miss the amazing... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing monument and must visit site in Istanbul.Aya Sophia is a main reason why I choose to visit Istanbul.I have to say that exterior of Aya Sophia was in dire need to be maintained better.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To go somewhere that has been a place of such religious significance for so long is truly humbling. One cannot imagine what it must have been like for a traveller from England to see it 1500 years ago. Astonishingly, given the crowds who visit and the cruise tours rushing through the overall feeling is of peace. Don't miss the extraordinary... 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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