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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
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Small-Group Istanbul Tour: Skip-the-Line Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern...
Ranked #1 of 1,033 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.
The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Must see !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

The visit to Hagia Sophia was definately one of the highlights of our visit to Istanbul. Make sure you get an (audio)guide to get a better understanding of the history of this place. The whole place is really impressive, even with a large part being under repairs. Interesting to see the mix of christian and muslim influences, with previously covered mosaics as highlight.
A must see in Istanbul

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great spiritual expirience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

First it was christian church, than mosque, and today it's museum. Inside it looks as a church, outside it looks as a mosque. It is huge and it is must see!

Visited May 2013
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Izmir, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

I loved looking at the shiny mosaics and learning the history of the church, turned mosque, turned museum.

Visited August 2012
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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Most beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

This was probably our favorite building in Istanbul. From the stunning Byzantine architecture, to the most beautiful golden mosaics and the huge discs of Islamic Calligraphy. It was more than impressive, we loved it!

Visited April 2013
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Paris, France
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“Impressive building, but poor visiting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

This church has an impressive dome. It is amazingly beautiful and its décor is pleasant.

However, as most of places we've visited in Istanbul, it lacks more objects, more history, more explanations. It has no indications about its history, what makes necessary an audio guide or a tourist guide.

I recommend this place. But arrive early in the morning or between 12:30pm - 1:30pm. Otherwise, be prepared for hours of line waiting. Another good option is the museum pass card...

Visited May 2013
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