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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
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Skip the Line: Hagia Sophia plus Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia...
Ranked #1 of 1,103 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 December 16, 2013

it is really great walking around such an old place. The mosaics are impressive, as is the age of this building. it makes you wonder how on earth they got it together in 557 CE, and it still stands today!!!

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Reviewed December 16, 2013

Don't miss this, even with some interior scaffolding in place to keep an ancient place maintained properly it was very cool walking around here...and sooooo beautiful. A must before heading home!

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Reviewed December 15, 2013

This is an incredible site but it was full of scaffolding and we were rushed through to closing. It is also expensive so we felt a bit disappointed. The Christian history of the site is minimized and the Muslim meaning superimposed.

Thank Peace R P
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

If you see Mustafa, a 90 year old guide offering to give tours, please grab him! It is worth the money for a guide because the Ayasofya is so rich in history. And Mustafa has been doing tours for 70 years. Worth going to!

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Reviewed December 15, 2013

This museum shows it's history through evidence of it first being a church turned mosque. The joy is in the wandering through not only the cavernous main hall, but also the upper galleries. The view of the blue mosque from the upper gallery window is very good.

Thank Andrea T
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