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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...

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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There's construction working inside

its grande and very beautiful. However, keep in mind the scaffoldings and some restoration working are taking place inside will make your photo kind of imperfect. I really wanted... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

its grande and very beautiful. However, keep in mind the scaffoldings and some restoration working are taking place inside will make your photo kind of imperfect. I really wanted to have the picture of the inside without any disturbance.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Huge iconic building in the middle of the Old Town. One of the main things to see in Istanbul but remember it is closed on a Monday.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When u r in Istanbul & it becomes must to visit at least once .It is beautiful historic building . It becomes even more beautiful at night .

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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 3 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 3 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 4 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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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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