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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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Istanbul's Icon

It has a reason to become an icon. Definitely it's a breathtaking experience to walk inside this incredible building.

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Izmir Province, Turkey
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It has a reason to become an icon. Definitely it's a breathtaking experience to walk inside this incredible building.

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It is just amazing. You feel really tiny inside there. And the history behinde it is just fascinating. Church turned into mosque turned into museum

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When entering this symbol of specific islamic history, you are about to read a book with adventures of the intimate life of Othman's Sultans, their wars, servants, wives. A tale you relive it with the antiques and nice pictures that leave a mark in your sole.

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Big, historic, a must see - you can run through or stop to read everything. A significant part is under renovation.

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Visiting Hagia Sophia is a must I went on February not much tourists outstanding Basilica with its mosaics and frescos

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Words cannot adequately describe this basilica. Worthy of pilgrimage. We had a guided tour which helped to explain what we were seeing and the alterations that were carried out over the centuries but meant that we did not have time to just stand and take it all in. No queues on the day we went.

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If you see one place in Istanbul, this should be it. They are slowly uncovering the mosaics that were plastered over when it was turned into a mosque. One hopes that they continue the task of restoring it to its glorious past.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Awesome. Do go to the upper gallery. The climb up was memorable. The stones are old and worn out giving an eerie feel.

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Love how all three : the museum , church and mosque come together to create the beautiful Hagia Sophia. The architecture and view from this magnificent place is impeccable. Lovely history and great stories to tell❤️

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I have gone to so many countries but turkey is my favourite. This masque is beautiful and you should not miss this. Love it so much . It's beautiful and absolutely

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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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