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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) Questions & Answers

Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Hi everybody!

I will visit Istanbul on 4th October and wanna cover the following places within one day:

1. Blue mosque

2. Hagia Sophia

3. Topkapi palace

4. Basilica Cistern

5. Dolmabahce Palace

6. Spice Bazar

Should I buy advance ticket to bypass long queue? Is it take too long time in the queue? I’m not interested to buy VIP museum ticket because I will not visit any museum at that time.,

Thanks in advance

9 months ago Answer

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St Andrews
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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.

Hope that helps.

All the best.

9 months ago
London, United Kingdom
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Blue mosque can do within an hour. Topkapi Palace is half a day to a day - do NOT rush the palace as there’s about 4 different courtyards to visit as well as the harem so it takes ages to visit everything so you might as well take full advantage of the ticket. If I were you - do the blue mosque, Hagia Sophia and cistern in one day and could fit in spice bazaar possibly if it’s just to look around. The Süleymaniye mosque is number one on trip adviser but tourist companies focus more on blue mosque and Hagia Sophia, I agree with it being number one - it’s amazing and free. Dolmanahce palace, didn’t bother doing that one. We did a one day tour which took in Hagia, blue mosque, carpet place, hippodrome and Bosphorus strait cruise. We did Topkapi desperately.

9 months ago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Hello, I did the same thing that you’re planning to do back in January. And I’d say it is OK for you to just buy your tickets at the entry of the places that requires tickets and I’d also suggest buying the museum pass at Hagia Sophia so that you won’t have to que at Topkapi Palace and other museums plus its cheaper. I also agree with Rami’s suggestion. Don’t rush. Especially in Topkapi Palace, there’s so much to see you wouldn’t wan’t to miss any of it. Have a safe trip and have fun!

8 months ago
Amman, Jordan
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Hey Dear,

1- Blue mosque is free to enter

2- Hagia Sophia its 40 Turkish Lera but you need to go early around 9-11 AM because after that you will find a lot of people in queue but some people sells the tickets but it will cost more

3 & 4 i don’t have any information about.

5- Dolmabahçe Palace : it cost 90 Turkish lira to visit out side and in side the palace

And if you go early around 9-11 Am the queue will be small but after 12:00 you will find a so long queue.

6- spice bazar is free and no need for tickets

And about covering all those in one day it will be hard but it’s double because blue mosuqe and Hagia Sophia is close and the bazaar is close to them, the palace is little far you need around 30 mins using the public transportation.

Those prices is for September because i was there.

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