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This is one of the oldest structures I have visited in my life. I was completely enthralled and spell bounded looking at the immense structure and paintings of 500AD era. If you are in Istanbul, this place is must visit.
One of the architectural gems of the world. But if you go see it now, you will be disappointed. It is undergoing major renovation inside. Mostly what you see is covered in tarp and there is scaffolding everywhere. What you do see are decayed wall...More
When I went in I was amazed to see this beautiful church with nice architectural designs. I really couldn't figure out whether it's a proper church or a mosque. Either way this would be a must visit attractions in Istanbul. Make sure to go early...More
I can not even explain how it feels entering a place where two major religions are in harmony.
The location is perfect, and to is the admosphere around it. This is worth visiting in any condition.
The one place where religions don't fight but empower...More
No trip to Istanbul can be complete without a trip the the very imposing Hagia Sophia. A masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, it has been restored and renovated by succesive generations, with beautiful frescoes and mosaics.
Well worth the wait to get inside. Currently renovating it inside but still can see the great designs inside. Can spend some time just marveling at the architectural design of the place. Can explore both levels.
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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As far as I recall we get the passes in each different monument. The point is that when in the queue some local tour guides offer the ticket including a guide for an extra amount and that lets you jump the big queue. Enjoy... More
As far as I recall we get the passes in each different monument. The point is that when in the queue some local tour guides offer the ticket including a guide for an extra amount and that lets you jump the big queue. Enjoy your visit