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“Old world impressive”

Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
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Ranked #4 of 1,176 things to do in Istanbul
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the must visit sites in Istanbul. Currently a lot of restoration work is underway so it’s difficultly to get a full view of the inside. While the building is impressive there is not much in the way of information. Get there early before the crowds and perhaps consider a guide

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One should never miss this place if you are in Istanbul! I was lucky because my hotel room is facing AyaSofia as showed in the pic here. I managed to visit the hagia sofia museum, went inside the camii for daily prayer and tarawih prayer and also visited the graves of the previous rulers and their family. One should also visit this place during the day and night time to experience the feel and look of this great building. It is situated opposite of the Blue Mosque (also known as Sultan Ahmed Camii) and 5-min walking distance from entrance of Tohkapi Palace. Weekend would normally be busy with tourists and local peoples hence why i went on Friday instead. I love history and this place is a historical place with so many things to learn , see and experience. I spent 2-hour ++ here without realising how time flies...

Thank anuar o
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an awe inspiring architectural wonder! first a church, then a mosque and now a museum. World class craftsmanship can be witnessed here. its under restoration but whatever is available to see is grand. Audio guide can be rented for 30 tl but u can read up and go as well. most places there is a description given. I was personally amazed to see the wishing point where u need to roll ur thumb in clockwise direction to make wishes come true. some also say that it rides away all ailments. We had the museum pass so queuing up. there are guides available at the entrance who quote an exorbitant 30 euro which is absolutely not required.

Thank exploredaunexplored
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hagia Sophia, monument of architectural, historical, cultural, religious influence and value. When you come inside…this is breath taking. Just imagine how old is this (almost 1500 years), how big is, how they made it at that time in Constantinopolis. If you are willing to pay some extra money and skip a line for a ticket, you can always find some local guide that will give more information about Hagia Sophia later on.
Firstly, this was Church – Ayasofya (from the Greek Αγία Σοφία, Holy Wisdom), from 537 until 1453 and is Museum since 1935.However, this is MUST TO BE VISITED. To be in Istanbul and do not visit Hagia Sophia is same as to be in Giza and do not visit pyramids.

Thank Ljubomir D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While on a tour in Turkey we went to the Hagia Sophia church/ Museum. What an incredible place to see. As we stood in the main auditorium you could imagine the early Christians meeting together to worship when Christianity was at it's height in Asia Minor. Be sure to check out the door from Tarsus, which is where the Apostle Paul was from. Evidently when the larger church was built a door from a temple in Tarsus was brought to be used in the Hagia Sophia church. It just made an interesting connection for me to the Bible.

Thank PT1102
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