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It is the first time that I saw mosaic work of this scale and it is so thrilling. And now I also know that the beautiful arts on plates and cups origin is from all the mosaic tiles from the old Constantinopel. I will certainly...More
No words can do justice to the Haghia Sophia....you must see it to believe it. Costs TL 20/pp and lines can run long on the weekends, so arrive early, since you'll be spending a lot time mesmerized by this man-made wonder.
The whole surrounding area is an amazing sight,the grounds the nearby park, the blue mosque and the topkapi palace. Full of history and stunning views.. we went during ramadan and the whole place becomes spectcular in the evening at the time of iftar..
What we see on the outside does not prepare us for what we find inside. Nothing prepares us for the weight of history that Ayasofia ends. Not the hundreds of years, not wars or riots or earthquakes, have obscured the magnificence of this building. It...More
The vast space of the Aya Sofia is simply awe-inspiring. Though it is not as ornate as the Blue Mosque, it is architecturally amazing. The admission price is high, but it is worth it.
Best tip: There are two lines at the entry - one...More
Hagia Sophia (Greek) or Ayasofya (Turkish) is an ancient basilica located in Sultanahmet area. It is a huge building and one of the symbols from Istanbul. Hagia Sophia has a long history: the firt church erected in this spot was built by Constance, son of...More
I'm still shocked to read reviews that say this isn't worth the money or isn't very interesting. Perhaps people forget that it was built in 537 AD because it is in such incredible shape-- it was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a...More
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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