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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 522 1750
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Hagia Sophia was originally a church. When Istanbul was seized by the Ottoman Empire, they were fascinated by its beauty and converted it to a mosque. Now it is a museum and definitely worth seeing.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its a wonder of world. Must visit place if you are in istanbul. Very well preserved and maintained. Its near the metro line and is accessible

Thank vacciphm
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The history, architecture and rich culture is mind blowing. Queues getting in was a bit long but worth the wait. You can purchase tickets at a self service kiosk very easily and avoid the line to buy an entry pass.

Thank Shenaaz N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Despite the fact of restoration works and long queue during pre Istanbul marathone days Hagia Sophia is still gorgeous outside and inside. Worth to visit.

Thank tritorus
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited in late October. Had to queue for about 45 minutes but it was worth it. Like other sites in Istanbul, there are ongoing restorations, but unlike other sites, they are not too obstructive and do not greatly affect the experience. The mosque is...More

Thank Redalfa147
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Knowing only a little about Turkish history and the Aya Sofia before going, I was fascinated by the buildings unique architecture and interior as being a mixture of both Christianity and Islam! Very interesting and beautiful historical site, I enjoyed my visit very much! There...More

Thank marianasanborn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful place and interesting to see a mixture of religions. Well worth a visit. Also outside you can sit in the middle of both here and the blue mosque watching the world go by. Very relaxing and amazing views. Lots of cats and dogs about...More

Thank WorldFairReviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is mainly a cathedral that was transformed into a mosque. I enjoyed the nice architectural design. While you're there, you can also visit nearby attractions such as the mosques, and Basilica Cistern.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The scale of this building can only be fully appreciated from inside. The domed ceilings, marble floors, wall mosaics and many other aspects provide an insight into a level of opulence from a bygone era. Not to mention the stories that go with it.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful ancient building and fascinating history but long queues to get in - but worth the wait. We accepted a local free lance guide which enabled us to jump the queue and he was very knowledgeable and good value.

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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
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diane B
1 November 2018|
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Response from Joseph S | Reviewed this property |
It is a museum now requiring payment.Audio.is extra
The W
15 September 2018|
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Response from MrsUsman | Reviewed this property |
I personally feel that this is far too much to cover in one day. You could definitely do the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and maybe - if you're quick - the Topkapi Palace too. Topkapi actually took us half a... More
10 September 2018|
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Response from RoxLima | Reviewed this property |
I think that the one that is closed on monday is Topkapi Palace. I remember that i couldn't do it in the same day