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“Culmination of two different cultures”

Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
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Ranked #1 of 1,058 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.
Kansas City, Kansas
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“Culmination of two different cultures”
Reviewed April 29, 2014

You cannot miss Hagia Sophia once in Istanbul, it is a whole package of history and cultural symbolism. I am glad that I made the visit because the place is like no other place. Sure it can be a bit crowded considering it is such an iconic place but nevertheless the whole place is so huge that you will never will stuffed in. Lovely works and visuals

Visited April 2014
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Athens, Greece
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“Perfect !!!”
Reviewed April 29, 2014

Undoubtably the best sight-mosque in Istanbul. Please make sure you read about it prior to your visit, the history behind it is huge and amazing, but sometimes the museum and the guides there mislead you. Don't mind the work-in-progress throughout the entire site, it's essential.

Don't just because it's a must-see, the history behind it it's what matters and what will leave you in awe. Make sure to carefully see everything and have a guide in your language, don't just read the labels.

Visited April 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Long queue to entrance but what a joy to be inside”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

This is one of the place not to missed while in Istanbul. I wish we could enter this magnificent place on Monday when is closed and there are no people. The scale of its dome is breathtaking.

Visited April 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Amazing feat of architectural engineering”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

You can't say enough about the Roman architects. As our guide noted, 1000 years after Hagia Sophia was built, the Turks couldn't figure out how to duplicate the floating dome when building the Blue Mosque. It is so unusually light and bright given it's age, and the history of two major religions under one roof is unique. We only had a short visit, but I am so happy not to have missed it on my first trip (I hope not my last) to Istanbul.

Visited April 2014
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“Does not get more historical then the Ayasofia”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

The Ayasofia (Hagia Sophie) is the most historical place in whole Istanbul. See the gigantic (maybe a bit too) green shields with the names of former sultans and enjoy the Chatholic mosiacs at the gallery (2nd floor).
Also take a closer look at the little crypthe near the marmer Gate to Heaven (audio tour nr. 35).

Visited April 2014
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