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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 522 1750
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 522 1750
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I recommend everyone to visit this place if you really like to know about Turkish history and culture. The place building itself is very interesting.

Thank Waqar A
Reviewed yesterday

It was a monday and it was closed all day. so we could only see it from outside. I had always wanted to see it but because we were with an official delegation, hence could not come again.

Thank Aasiya Khurram A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went to this museum with our guide. He went through the history of the church which was so interesting. Imagine this building first as a Church,then turned into a mosque. When you walk in you can't believe how huge it really is. Don't forget...More

Thank Retired_teacher_56
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful mosaics of Christianity - wonderful sense of history. Astounding architecture. Spend some time just sitting in a corner and absorbing it all.

Thank Annie J
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great historic destination to check off the list. Bit overcrowded for my liking. Be wary of people coming up to you and trying to bring you to a shop to buy things- they will be overpriced. - Check the prices you should be paying online...More

Thank 93dcheng
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Massive and amazing structure and history. You will be in awe and a must. History mixed of islamic and christianity. Tickets cost 40lira each. Ques are very long. But you can do this blue mosque and topkapi palace all in one day. Go early morning...More

Thank Mohammod R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the Hagia Sophia in January; as it was one of the many places on my list of places to see, during our visit to Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia absolutely lived up to my expectations & more. You are allowed to take photographs, but...More

1  Thank Mishy_D06
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Hagia Sophia is a combination of the Christian and the Muslim Eras. The place gives you peace I seldom experience. The exhibits are very informative. We had a tour guide who explained the history in detail which helped us appreciate the place even more. You...More

Thank Simin S
Reviewed 3 days ago

A beautiful structure and amazing piece of history. Find the off-hours when the tour groups aren't as thick, take your time.

Thank Dana Loustalot D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Most amazing thing for me was the greatness of this structure and how big it is. I can't image that this was a church long time ago. A lot of icons is still preserved and they somehow beautifully making the atmosphere there.

Thank NewHotelSarajevo
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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18 December 2017|
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Response from Constantin M | Reviewed this property |
Hello there . Unfortunately they 'll work on it till 2020. To uncover all the paintings on the wall...which are made in gold ...takes time . And it's humid as well but trust me it's worthed to visit anyway . It is an... More
15 November 2017|
Response from Alenka13121968 | Reviewed this property |
From the hotel you need to get to the Kabatas pier. From there the ferry to the princes ' Islands. The tour can take all day, as the ferry only one way is 1.5 hours. Since there is no transportation, all the movement will... More
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14 November 2017|
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Response from rashid16981 | Reviewed this property |
I have been away to Mauritius but time is an issue here 8hrs is cutting extremely fine would not advise taking a chance