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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
As featured in 3 Days in Istanbul
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Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Sultanahmet
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 2 November 2005

I visited Istanbul on August 2005, and, of course, our organized tour included a visit in Hagia Sophia. We stayed there for approximately 2 hours and I would say that even if we had spent a whole day there, it still would not be enough!...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 5 June 2005

i have visited saint sofia at february of 2005..the monument is in the worst condition...i can say that if a hard earthquake hit istanbul it will be a destruction for this monument..unfortunatelly the turkish has left this byzantine treasure on its own...the things are little...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We been there afternoon with my family so exellent we are like to much history different history place so womderfull

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing monument. Must see if you are visiting Istanbul!! Hagia Sophia is a symbol of harmony, peace and tolerance in Turkey. A place for everyone to visit. The lines were long when we went but moved along quickly. Small fee to pay on entrance adults:...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We visited Hagia Sophia on rainy day at noon and it was very crowded, The queqes were very long. We waited for 30 minutes. We liked the upper floor more then the ground floor. The mosaics are simply magnificient. One can hardly believe that they...More

Thank 266andrejp
Reviewed yesterday

Pictures cannot do justice to the Hagia Sophia. What a sight to behold! My neck started hurting cos I couldn't stop staring at the magnificent ceilings. So much detail! From early Christian mosaics that have splashes of gold, to wooden circular Islamic calligraphy to pure...More

Thank emeskayy
Reviewed yesterday

How about a place where millions of people have launched millions of prayers heavenward from every perspective imaginable, for over a millennium. Transcendent. Not to be missed. Ignore the crowds, concentrate on the cosmos shining through its material expressions.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

To be honest we weren't blown away by the Hagia Sophia. It was somewhat impressive inside, but unfortunately like everything else around here, under construction and ruined by lots of scaffolding. Also there were droves of tour groups which were pretty rude and always pushing...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Due to its historical, religious and architectural importance, it is a must see in the city. But its maintenance was really annoying during our visit and the managment didn’t even bother to put some kind of notices or give a discount to visitors due to...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited the Hagia Sophia on a cold and rainy November day. Crowds were sparse in getting a ticket was a breeze. The building itself is absolutely amazing and quite beautiful. However large parts of it are under reconstruction and therefore not accessible. The mosaics...More

Thank U4596FBdavida
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was there today. As usual, I was conducting Tour around Sultanahmet Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace. And as usual, it astonishing day. Every time I visit that places I feel the atmosphere of Byzantian and Ottoman Empire. Just shoot me a message if you...More

Thank Хамражан У
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Please see title. It is a beautiful church. Go upstairs, go downstairs, See the murals and then leave. Tick it off the list a and on you go.

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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
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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
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TheAliAbdul
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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
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