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A confluence of culture and religion

Originally a Roman Church then a Mosque and now a Museum. What a stunning piece of architecture and... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
Literally why not

If your already there like why wouldn't you go to the second floor. There is no reason not too... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
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12 Apr 2018
“A confluence of culture and religion”
23 Oct 2017
“Literally why not”
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Istiklal Cad. Olivio Han Gecidi Sok. Olivio Han K:2 D:4 Galatasaray, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

Originally a Roman Church then a Mosque and now a Museum. What a stunning piece of architecture and historical monument. An impressive structure from the outside hides a truly fabulous decorative inside. There are restoration works with huge scaffolding but they do not detract from...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

If your already there like why wouldn't you go to the second floor. There is no reason not too. Still confused why this is a thing.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

The second floor is a chance to see some amazing Byzantine mosaics, though none are whole or complete. They are just beautiful and when the Church was at its finest, it must have been a spectacular sight to see.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

Walk up the stairs of the Iconic Hagia Sophia and see the the glittering mosaics exhibiting an unforgettably graceful style.Nice photo opportunities through the open windows

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

This is the second floor (part of the AyaSofia) tour, same ticket. Not sure why it is listed separately here. A lot of history and significance. Good for a Rainey day and you can take pictures from there.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Thsamih
Reviewed 21 March 2016

There are very famous mosaics on the second floor of Aya Sofia, and my eyes filled with tears just looking at those beautiful mosaics. . . . The very best place of Aya Sofia. You can take photos but using flash is prohibited. I spent...More

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

Anyone interested in history or art absolutely must see the second floor! The mosaics are awe inspiring. It's also nice to see the museum from a completely different angle.

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Ekgator
Reviewed 8 April 2015 via mobile

Lots to see on the second floor and a view of the above and below. Fab view of the Blue Mosque from.one of the windows. Other things to see include the mosaics and Viking graffiti. A must see on your trip to Istanbul.

Thank NatttyB
Reviewed 14 January 2015

It was more interesting than the first floor because from this floor you are able to see ground floor in all its glory!

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank Maja M
Reviewed 28 February 2014

During my recent visit at end of Feb 2014, I was slightly disappointed with the view for the second floor which was obstructed by the presence of scaffolding going from floor to ceiling covering the whole left hand side. 9cant be helped). I would still...More

Date of experience: February 2014
1  Thank P8953MBjohns
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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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