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Address: Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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+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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Beautiful building with historical significance

This was an Greek orthodox Christian church, then it became a mosque, and now it is a museum; see the spacious interior with paintings on the walls depicting early biblical... read more

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was an Greek orthodox Christian church, then it became a mosque, and now it is a museum; see the spacious interior with paintings on the walls depicting early biblical characters;

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazingly beautiful architecture, you can see the history evolve in this building with conversions from Mosque to Church, then back to Mosque, and then into a museum. It was under renovation when I visited, but the beauty and history of it is unparalleled. Definitely a must-see!

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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful place of interest that is a must go for all tourists. Go with a tour to learn on the beautiful history of the place!

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited many mosques and I tend to mix up the history ...it was a rainy day vist but fun nonetheless. . Lots of history and beauty ... . Most places are working distance from each other .. it's a great scenerio and workout

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Rumford, Rhode Island, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Most amazing building I have ever experienced. Unfortunate that you can't go back in during the day of your ticket. One entry per ticket. I went back a few days later and bought another ticket to see it again. It was that good. You can't believe the size of the place and that it was built in 537. Unique in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I advise buying museum card which allows discount if visiting more places and you will avoid ticket lines. First climb on the second floor and explore from above. Then go on the first floor and explore it. Parts are closed due to renovation but no matter that I was impressed with this very old building with such interesting past. Must... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although its historical value cannot be undermined - a pagan temple turned into a church and then to a mosque and then to a museum - this is a beautiful yet dead place, nothing to compare with the lively sites outside this hunting city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This building is an excellent mix of Christian and Moslem features. The fact it has survived so long to now is extraordinary. It certainly helps people understand the interrelationships between the two religions. It is one of the great religious buildings in the world and for me certainly the best in Europe.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Second most visited museum in Turkey,,Famous for its massive Domes,,Pride of BYZANTIN.One the must see museums in the world,,its history dating back to AD 540,,if am not mistaken,,this HAGIA SOFIA served as Orthodox Church,Christian cathedral and mosque.Nice place to visit,,if you don't want to buy tickets,you can also enter from the other side,,but you cannot Enter in to the museum,,.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There aren't many places where you can see Christian and Muslim art side by side. This is one of them. I highly recommend a visit. Winter is a great time to visit because there are no lines and you can enjoy the sites in a more personal way.

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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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