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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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A must see attraction but one to one and a half hour is enough.

Hagia sofia museum is a church turned into mosque and now a museum ,has a uniqueness in its design.the mosaics are very different and unique.if one gets the museum pass for 80 tl... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hagia sofia museum is a church turned into mosque and now a museum ,has a uniqueness in its design.the mosaics are very different and unique.if one gets the museum pass for 80 tl oneg has access to almost all the palaces and museums except dolmabache palace.It is close to blue mosque and topkapi palace ,so one can cover all three... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Of course it's hard to imagine coming to Istanbul and not seeing the Hagia Sophia, but the first time I was here I didn't see it. I'm so glad I saw it this time around with my family. Originally a church, then a mosque, now a museum. Hire a guide and learn the history of what you are seeing. it's... More 

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A truly amazing place with a mixture of Christian and Moslem artifacts and architecture - this really seems to define the gentle manner that Turkey has towards all religions.

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The history behind that Church-Monument is great!! The Monument itself is amazing! Inside the Church you can many different architectonic rythms. You must definetely visit it@

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Istanbul Province, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Historical Place. One of the best architectural building in İstanbul. Before Church. Than Mosque now museum. Best location in SultanAhmet. Near Topkapı Palace.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Areas off limits to prevent seeing the domes. Beautiful building. They have concerts and plays here now. Truly lovely building.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

this place is a history lesson all on its own. The uses this building has had over the years brings to life history for the tourist.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hagia Sophia dates back to East Roman Empire time. The church is unique with its mosaics. I sincerely recommend to read about the historical background of the church before visiting.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hagia Sophia is one of my favourite places in Istanbul. Every time I go there I marvel once again at its sheer size. Its Christian province is one of the few examples of the pre-Ottoman Constantinople left in Istanbul. I find Hagia Sophia a solemn place and enjoy being there as close to opening time as possible to avoid the... More 

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While there are many beautiful places to visit in Istanbul, this is a place you should not miss. With a very rich history and beautiful architecture, Hagia Sophia will not disappoint.

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Sultanahmet
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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