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Address: Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +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...

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stunning beauty!

Absolutely beautiful with such rich history! It was once a church, then a mosque, and now a museum. I would try to stop by the gift shop first and buy a guide book or ask for a... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely beautiful with such rich history! It was once a church, then a mosque, and now a museum. I would try to stop by the gift shop first and buy a guide book or ask for a tour guide. It's easy to roam around by yourself but if you want to learn more about the history, ask for a guide.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very beautiful, calm and interessant place. That's one of the best places to see in Turkey. I am really happy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Been there twice, will go again! Beautiful place from the inside and outside. One of the things that you must see in Istanbul.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The history and Christian influences of the building are astounding. Wall paintings from its Christian days still remain faded on the walls revealing images of Jesus. The grandeur of the main worship area is breath-taking. It was under construction as of January 2016 but the awe-inspiring feeling was still not lost.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was a really nice experience knowing how old it is makes it amazing The architecture is beautiful Absolutely loved reading jummah prayers there. I went there with my friends next time I will take my family In Sha Allah

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A massive a beautiful feature of Roman/Byzantine history. Admission price is not cheap but they use the money for maintenance and cleaning. It's a better place to visit that my last time, 1986.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The work they are doing to uncover the original wall coverings before it was converted to a mosque presents a striking and beautiful to see contrast. Magnificent stonework and details throughout!

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It is absolutely a treat to the eyes to view the incredible architecture, calligraphy and history this place has to offer!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Guided tour was incredibly helpful to be able to understand the significance of the structure. Well worth the 40 TL to have a global understanding of the history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A sublime place! It will always be my favorite in Istanbul! Very nice and elegant building with beautiful paintings.

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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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