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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 522 1750
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Reviewed yesterday

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.

Thank Ajay Y
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The interior is very old and majestic and full of history.Beautiful architecture and very impressive.Must not miss it if you are in istanbul.

Thank Leng G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It is a must visit church while in Istanbul. It is under restoration also . It has beautiful murals and frescos . You can see the marriage of both the cultures here . Islamic as well as Christian.

Thank manjula72
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

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

Thank Annette M
Reviewed 2 days ago

The museum is under renovation and it is really nice. Although it is a Church but you will find beautiful Islamic calligraphy and the remains of the church

Thank Aamir K
Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank hansala
Reviewed 2 days ago

Even though there were refurbishment works going on this place is breathtaking! No need to fast track entry as the lines move quickly

Thank GreyGooseTonic
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

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

Thank fmarcillaud
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

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.

Thank gailchuks
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

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.

Thank Katie M
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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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September 15, 2018|
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Response from MrsUsman | Reviewed this property |
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
September 10, 2018|
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Response from RoxLima | Reviewed this property |
I think that the one that is closed on monday is Topkapi Palace. I remember that i couldn't do it in the same day
August 5, 2018|
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Response from XXnafilo x | Reviewed this property |
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