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It is a beautiful sight. Unfortunately when I went the upper part (gallery) was in renovation so there was so little to see and I payed the whole rate. That felt like a rip-off. But other than that, it is definitely worth the visit.
It’s magnificent in scale and in the number of historic artifacts. The experience is like walking through a history text book with all the pictures in front of you in real life. The Muslim has never destroyed the Christian decorations in the church and they...More
I was on a tour to Turkey and our visit to Istanbul and especially the Hagia Sophia Museum was worth the visit. The dome of the church is magnificent and impressive. The place has a great spiritual atmosphere. Recommended when I are in Istanbul.
Aya Sofia is only number 4 of more than 1000 sights in Istanbul and I do not understand why. I have spent hours of my life there, and I hope I can still spend many more hours in it. Aya Sofia is a very special...More
I visited this place more than a few times for the last 20 years. It's always has a unique energy. Generally the are is really tourist friendly and lots of other places to visit and see. So it is always a good idea to visit.
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.
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
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 day as the crowds made it slow to navigate. Plus we were listening to the audio guides as we went. Dolmabahce and Spize Bazar are tram/taxi rides away from the central vicinity in which all the other attractions are. I would also advise getting whatever ticket gets you to skip the queue. If you want to save on this, I would get to Topkapi as early in the day as possible and out the way. The Blue Mosque didn't really have a queue, just a bunch of people bustling through. The Hagia Sophia has tour guides hovering outside who you can hire and they give you a free queue pass too. Basilica we didn't do so I couldn't tell you what the queues were like there. If you do try to fit in Dolmabahce and Spice Bazar, do them last in that order. Spice Bazar is open later in the day so probably a last thing in the evening to do.
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