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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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Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 522 1750
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

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

Date of experience: August 2011
Thank Elsbeth13
Reviewed 12 August 2011

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.

Date of experience: April 2011
Thank Missmcgee1986
Reviewed 11 August 2011

I first learned about Aya Sofya on Nat Geo and when I entered the place in person, the feeling was just remarkable. Kudos to Turkish Govt for keeping the place in good condition

Date of experience: August 2011
Thank Ellacious
Reviewed 11 August 2011

amazing place dont be afraid of the looooong raw to get your ticket but it moved fast

Date of experience: July 2011
Thank sanaa_mohey
Reviewed 10 August 2011

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..

Date of experience: August 2011
Thank ask161
Reviewed 9 August 2011

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

Date of experience: July 2011
Thank Maccsousa
Reviewed 7 August 2011

Definately worth seeing. It really is amazing, glorius and huge. But inform yourself about opening times cause it's no opet every day.

Date of experience: July 2011
Thank Croatiainmyheart
Reviewed 5 August 2011

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

Date of experience: July 2011
1  Thank susanu
Reviewed 4 August 2011

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

Date of experience: June 2011
1  Thank Kaschu_BR
Reviewed 3 August 2011

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

Date of experience: August 2011
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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
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11 February 2019|
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Response from darkjonas | Reviewed this property |
Hello, In Hagia Sophia I bought the museum pass. Payed around 140 turkish lira, which allows you to enter most of museums around the city.
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Response from zebragorda | Reviewed this property |
It is a museum now requiring payment.Audio.is extra
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