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“Impressive mosque” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
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Small-Group Istanbul Tour: Skip-the-Line Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern...
Ranked #1 of 1,024 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Hobart, Australia
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Impressive mosque”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

Crowded and pushy attendants. Need to avoid prayer times.

Visited April 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Awe-inspiring!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

Don't miss this one, it literally takes your breath away when you walk in. One of the most memorable churches I've ever seen in my travels, and I've traveled all over the world.

Visited March 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Must see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

This ancient church turned mosque turned museum is a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture. The dome and mosaics are amazing and have been restored. It was not overly crowded when we were there, which was great.

Visited May 2012
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Melbourne, Florida
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Historic area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

Gets crowded so get there early before 11 am. This is a grand Church with amazing statues and artwork

Visited April 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“A historic treasure!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

Worth the trip -- amazing to think over 1,500 years old. It is incredibly beautiful today. Nothing new I could write about it, just that we went at 17:55, just before the last guests were allowed inside, so that was a perfect time for us!

Visited May 2012
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