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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
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Ranked #1 of 1,061 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.
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“amazing!”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

İf you are visitng İstanbul. This attraction is a must see. Amazing atmosphere and the most amazing building.
If you are visiting try and get there early as we left at 10.30 and as we were leaving the queues were very very long.

Visited January 2014
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“Absolutely a must to see, heritage of humanity.”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

In the heart of the historic center of Istanbul, Hagia Sofia in my personal opinion it is the second most beautiful mosque of the city, smaller than many other mosques in the city but without a doubt among the most beautiful.
It is exactly opposite to the blue mosque and together they create a historical landscape that I consider it among the most beautiful in Europe.
The area around it is teeming with tourists at any time, but would recommend staying here in the evening, the atmosphere of the night combined with the lights of the mosque form a combination of romantic and magical at the same time.

Visited January 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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“Magnificent architecture! A "must see" in Istanbul.”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

The Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom), dedicated to the "Wisdom of God", was first a Greek Orthodox basilica, then a mosque, and now it is a museum. The Hagia Sophia that we see today was rebuilt between 532 and 537 under the personal supervision of Emperor Justinian I. It is among the most historically significant and visited sites in Istanbul.
The interior is currently under renovation with one side covered by scaffolding, but still very worthwhile to visit.
Don't miss the remnants of Christian mosaics on the second level.
TIP: You can book your tickets online & print them (price per person = 25 TL) by visiting the following website:
https://www.muze.gov.tr/buy_e_ticket

Visited November 2013
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“Nothing Special”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

This is just another basilica. For those who travel wide, this is nothing special. You will have paid $25 TL to see a church, typically free elsewhere in Europe. But for those who don't get out much, this could be a treat. Built at the close of the Roman Empire when the Western capital had been sacked, Constantinople continued to shine as the Eastern capital. Justinian and Theodora hastily had the basilica built as a symbol of their status. What remains of the opulence of the original structure is limited. Much of the mosaics have been destroyed or covered, but some remain. The original ceiling has been compromised and is out of step with the rest of the structure, lacking the asthetic worthy of a great piece of architecture. Don't lose sleep if you've missed this.

Visited January 2014
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“Most Interesting History”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

The former mosque and church says much about the history of the city. Because it's now a museum, admission is charged. Our private tour guide from dailyinstanbultours.com purchased the tickets for us, so we didn't need to wait in line. It pays to have a guide take you through the history, whose original structure dates back to the 600s. The mosaics play an integral part of that history, so it's good to know what they represent.

Visited October 2013
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