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“No matter my evaluation, it is still a must see”

Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
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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.
Hamilton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“No matter my evaluation, it is still a must see”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

We are glad we went. Impressive does not start to describe it.
Even when I grew up as a child, we were told how magnificent the Hagia Sofia was.
It is now strictly a museum, with line-ups for tickets as well as an entrance.

We were on a tour (no need if you stay in the old city) so we did not have to wait for tickets and in the line we were explained interesting fact about the history of this old church.

Oh yes it is worthwhile to see, but I found some old gothic churches in Europe more interesting with their ornamentations, their organs, their stained glass windows etc. etc.
1 Hours is more than enough as the the remains of the Greek Orthodox religion is gone elsewhere.

Visited May 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful! Here's a tip to avoid huge queues...”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

This place is fantastic - unbelievable that it's so old.
May 2013 there are long queues for tickets, all day long. Don't make yourself suffer! All you have to do is arrive at 8:30 with a hot coffee in your hand (hungry? buy an acma or simit bun from the stall at the gate) then at 9 you'll walk straight in AND the place will be nice and quiet for a while, until it starts to fill up.

Visited May 2013
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Ontario
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“Sophia”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

History in never dead went viewing the actual artifact or place.
Displays are interesting and breathtaking especially the items either gems.

Visited May 2013
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Lahore, Pakistan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“wow!!!!!!”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

sit there silently for 45 minutes....many arche. features and pictures appear which you miss in your first visit.
don't miss the first floor view.

Visited May 2013
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Gevgelija, Republic of Macedonia
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“the monumental Museum”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Take a good guidance with you , because the long history interesting, if you do not have guidance you will not understand very interesting facts

Visited May 2013
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