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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 1,051 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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Wow!”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

The historical/religious significance of this building is mindblowing. Gorgeous. Should not be missed.

Visited April 2013
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nothing impressive”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

Advise: take a tour, otherwise you will wait in long queues, in church you couldn't see almost nothing from Bizantin times.

Visited April 2013
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Ottawa, Ontario
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“Interesting History Behind the Hagia Sophia”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Because this was originally a Christian church before being taken over by the Muslim religion....the history is very interesting about how the Muslims plastered over all of the Christian artwork. This church is a mesh of Christian and Muslim culture, making it unique. A great vist!

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“A highlight of Istanbul”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Just one of those buildings you should see. Some wonderful Byzantine mosaics and an amazing atmosphere. Go early - horrible queues are possible.

Visited April 2013
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Hancock, Vermont
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“Built 1,600 years ago!”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

While the Blue Mosque will blow your mind for the amazing architecture, windows, and tiles, the very thought of this being built in the 5th Century is beyond my comprehension. Don't miss the mausoleums entered behind the main building. A must see!

Visited April 2013
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