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Address: Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 212 522 1750
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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This architectural marvel displays 30 million gold tiles throughout its...

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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Construction in 537 AD, later converted into an Ottoman mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.

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Construction in 537 AD, later converted into an Ottoman mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

So impressed with the beauty of this place. The most beautiful museum in Istanbul. A must see attractions.

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Never seen anything beautiful as much as aya sofia visit three times wouldn't mind to visit again...great history great building

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This place is definitely one of the places you should visit before you die. Combination of christian and muslim writings and decorations in one church/mosque is unbelievable. No where else can you find a landmark as beatiful as this one! It holds a Very interesting history! Must visit when in Istanbul!

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It's the must see museum in Istanbul. It's a massive building where you can see an amazing Byzantine architecture.

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A must see aspect of Istanbul. Be reverent, accepting, open, and happy. Remember all religions are, in their essence, the same and Allah, Adenoi Elohanu, and God are the same words.

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This church/mosque is mesmerizing in its built, intricacy of design and interesting history of history itself. You can see the angels of heaven looking above the words of “Allah” and “Muhammad”. Every bit of this place is scenic- the domes, the endless galleries, the chandeliers, and the art on walls. It somehow defines modern Turkey.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hagia sofia museum is a church turned into mosque and now a museum ,has a uniqueness in its design.the mosaics are very different and unique.if one gets the museum pass for 80 tl oneg has access to almost all the palaces and museums except dolmabache palace.It is close to blue mosque and topkapi palace ,so one can cover all three... More 

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Of course it's hard to imagine coming to Istanbul and not seeing the Hagia Sophia, but the first time I was here I didn't see it. I'm so glad I saw it this time around with my family. Originally a church, then a mosque, now a museum. Hire a guide and learn the history of what you are seeing. it's... More 

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A truly amazing place with a mixture of Christian and Moslem artifacts and architecture - this really seems to define the gentle manner that Turkey has towards all religions.

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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