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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
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Ranked #4 of 1,156 things to do in Istanbul
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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 10, 2012

Amazing contrasts in the history of this fabulous church/mosque. Majestic and quite overwhelming. Don't forget to look backwards on the way out!

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

I loved the heartbreaking history of this first Christian church in the world. It was a Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople. You must go and go upstairs to see the ancient mosaics. Beautiful.

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

I liked the religious items room. Other travelers liked the Treasury. The rest, there is not really much to see and enjoy.

Thank Nurys M
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

We visited Istanbul as a stop on our cruise in August. Our expectations were high, and Istanbul exceeded them. We just loved Istanbul.
It is colorful, wonderful architecture, friendly people, good food, and culturally rich. What more could one expect.
On our second day, Levent Solmaz (a guide we had in Ephesus on a previous cruise) met 10 of us at 8:00 at the ship. We were then transported in a Mercedes bus to the Blue Mosque. The mosque is beautiful. We were impressed with history, architecture, and paintings. Go with high expectations – you will not be disappointed. From there we walked through the Hagia Sophia, the Topkai Palace, the underground Cistern (really very interesting), and the Palace Museum. Levent explained the history of each and the cultural issues. Just a great tour. After the tour, we had a fun lunch adjacent to the Blue Mosque in the old city. When we finished lunch, we were taken to the Grand Bazaar.
Levent added depth to a wonderful tour. It would be a shame to be in Istanbul and see the sights without Levent.

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Aya Sofya is a must see in Istanbul. Inside is just impressive. Try as well to have a look at the small streets behind with its wooden houses and nice restaurants

Thank Mjnvakantiecoach
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