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We got there just an hour before it closed (it was also closed the next day so really check schedule) and as the line toy buy tickets was long, we decided to pay a bit more and get a professional guide. It was well worth...More
Hagia Sophia, "divine wisdom", is the largest Christian church in the world, where Christian and Islamic values have learnt to live together. This used to be a Greek Orthodox church, later a mosque during the Ottoman empire, and these days, it is a museum.
Of course a must visit when in Istanbul, it is sad though how history changed with time, but you'll love the history there, a lot of information, buy the voice guide in your own language, and follow the numbers while walking around, it is available...More
The whole neighborhood always take my breathe away and make me feel like in movies. Such a historical site with peace of art architectural surroundings. The history if Hagia Sophia is going back to Byzantine a conversion from a church to a mosque. The mosaics...More
Located in the hearth of OLD Istanbul , Hagia Sophia Museum will affect you too much. She is charming and so beatiful. Closed to Blue Mosque and too many other historical places in Istanbul. Please try to visit as early as possible during the day...More
This place is really. A place of worship for various religions (orthodox, catholic, muslim) throughout the centuries. Still is was threated with respect by all new rulers who changed it to their own religion without completely destroying its past. It was built in only 2...More
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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