Hi. We would be visiting with toddlers. I was wondering if we could pair Hagia Sophia with another landmark, like Topkapi or Blue Mosque etc.
Already taking the Bosphorus Cruise on another day.
Any suggestions how we could effectively utilize the time?
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 than a Blue Mosque addition to your visit. There is a lot to see at Topkapi.
*Important to note as I just visited the Blue Mosque earlier this month that through part of May the main hall of the Blue Mosque is closed for renovation. You will only be able to visit in the courtyard. Still worth the visit if you don't have much time.
The Hagia Sophis is inbetween the Blue Mosque and Topkapi. Average adult walking distance from Hagie Sophie to either is approximately 5 - 10 minutes top
There is not much walking in Hagia Sophia only up and down to see the gallery whereas Topkapi Palace you need to walk and queue a lot so I would suggest to do Topkapi Palace in the morning to see all quickly and do Hagia Sophia and gulhane park and or Turkish and art museum and or sulemanye mosque which you can see as blue mosque is closed also can visit grand bazaar.
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