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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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It is a must go in Istanbul. Awesome! I recommend to spent al least one hour and a half admiring every little detail.

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Salvador, BA
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It is a must go in Istanbul. Awesome! I recommend to spent al least one hour and a half admiring every little detail.

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Full of history and incredible architecture this is a must see. I suggest doing some research and reading other reviews to plan your visit as the queues can be very long. But you cannot miss this beautiful building.

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This building was re-structured so many times and there are so many details in it (not to mention the crowds of people) that it is best to have some knowledge prior to visiting or to visit it with a guide who would be able to point out the important historic details and to tell you about the various stages of... More 

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One of the largest domes built one millenium prior to other comparable ones. Its earthquake prone location makes it a greater achievement.

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Long queues to enter a monument partly closed due to rehab works. A little bit disappointed. Apart from that the place is worth visiting due to its history. Would be a shame to visit Istanbul and not visit Hagia Sophia.

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The tour met all our expectations. The lines were too long and "skip the line" worked well! Well worth the money. Hagia Sophia is a fascinating place. It is an eye-opening experience to visit this holy place with a professional guide. You learn many historical things and fascinating stories from the guide. It is never the same as visiting it... More 

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The history is there for you to read about on Wikipedia, and you will want to read it, but reading it is nothing like feeling it. There are only a few large, intact, historically significant 1,500 year old buildings in the World. The only one I've been in that comes close to the Hagia Sophia is the Parthenon in Rome,... More 

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The best touristic site, the fact of being in the past distinct places for different religions give to the place a merge of different arquitecture styles that combine absolutely

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This is a must see, if only for its grandeur and magnificence, let alone for its religious and historical significance

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Due to some bad news from Turkey in the recent times few western tourists go to that beautiful country. Same for Hagia Sophia. This was ma fourth visit. I was used to crowds making the experience difficult. This time (April 2017) there were wery few people inside, so we had time to contemplate al the beauty and historical importance of... More 

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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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