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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
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Small-Group Istanbul Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque
Ranked #1 of 1,119 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 8, 2012

very interesting but knowing the history is quite important to understanding it. i suggest wikipedia is a good starting place

Thank Howard S
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Not a Church and not a Mosque but the great Leader of Turkey turned it into a Museum that is a mandatory stop when visiting Istanbul

Thank giocant
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

This museum/church/mosque is amazing and a 'not to be missed' experience. We did find the prices of admission quite expensive but then we did the comparison with prices in England and Italy and relaxed. It reminded me somewhat of the Baths of Dioclesion in Rome.

Thank suzisa
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

One of the most old church in the world, and one of the biggest in the world. The dome is huge, and the old icons are very impressive. It's a must.

Thank Ioan P
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

The Ayasofya was probably the most favorite part of my trip to Istanbul. It's within walking distance of the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Gulhane Park and the Grand Bazaar. It costs 20TL to enter the museum/church and closes at 7PM.
It is a massive building, but it shouldn't take more than 2 hours to explore. I would suggest walking up to the upper levels first and be prepared to walk uphill because there are no stairs, just a long ramp with several turns.
There are still a couple of mosaics, which are great examples of byzantine art. The ceiling is probably the most impressive piece of the church.
If you enjoyed art history, or history, for that matter, the Ayasofya is a must.

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