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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 522 1750
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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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Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Sultanahmet
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Reviewed today

Beautiful architecture, interesting history reflecting the change of power in Istanbul over the centuries - we opted for the audio tour which was more descriptive than some of the others we tried during our tour - definite must see - there are significant renovations at...More

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The outside is beautiful but wait till you see the inside, STUNNING! Exceeded our expectations, so glad we went.

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The history of this immense church converted to a mosque is fantastic. Unfortunately, the history of the church was ruined as the Muslims altered And added minarets to the existing structure to obliterate its Christian heritage started in the days of Constantine. Still worth seeing...More

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It was one of the best historic places i have ever seen.Rally majestic and beautiful.the most seen place in istanbul with different history just near sultanahmet tramvay station.it is connection of a church an mosque.

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Reviewed yesterday

awesome it was very best place and top class monument . rest of the places in istanbul are also worth

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Visited early in the morning just before tour groups. Felt personal. A lot of renovation going on inside. Cats inside which was lovely. The decor and feel inside is nothing else. The only other place I can say it felt close to was the Vatican.

Thank tink10000
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful Byzantine Church transformed to a Mosque under the Ottomans and now a museum. Designed by the Greeks Isadore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralee on the orders of Justinian. The massive dome inspired the famous Ottoman Architect Mimar Sinan. Just a shame that most...More

Thank David R
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Definitely worth a visit especially if you buy the Istanbul museum pass which makes it well worth the money. It's spectacular even with the ongoing restoration works and the tourist crowd was still bearable when I visited in December.

Thank Keith T
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Reviewed yesterday

So historical! There was grafiti from the 15th century! Make sure you throughly explore the Haiga Sophia. Be careful on the steps, they are worn and slippery.

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Hagia Sophia was so beautiful I think I probably liked it more than the Blue Mosque .Probably it was the fact you could climb up and then look down on to the splender and also able to get closer to the art work on the...More

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an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
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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
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kriki2015
18 June 2018|
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Response from CarlosDavidov | Reviewed this property |
Find a guide at the door. He will have tickets and make you go thru a VIP line. On top of it it is highly recommended to hire a guide to explain you the history behind the visit. Money well spent.
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paolasanzg
24 May 2018|
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Response from Cristina G | Reviewed this property |
Audio guides available, but not mandatory in my opinion. Credit card accepted
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aamnasaquib
19 April 2018|
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Response from binajimster | Reviewed this property |
Hagia Sophia is right across from the Blue Mosque. Topkapi is right behind Hagia Sophia. You could pair up any two of them depending on how much time you have. If visiting Hagia Sophia, Topkapi will take up a lot more time... More
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