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Hagia Sophia Mosque, Istanbul

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Marvel at one of the most significant artistic and architectural achievements in Turkey--and the world--at Hagia Sophia Mosque. Commissioned by the Byzantine emperor in 537, the church was converted into a mosque in the 15th century by Mehmet the Conqueror. Finally, Ataturk declared the site a museum in the 20th century. The transformation of this structure is symbolic of the transformation of the region and its people through centuries of changing empires and governments. This stunning architectural feat is most often noted for its well-preserved mosaics, featuring 30 million gold tiles, and its 6th-century dome. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Hagia Sophia Mosque and many more Istanbul attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Istanbul tour itinerary planner.
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  • Free of charge. No need to buy "priority beat the Q tickets". Important to follow dress code and take shoes off. Staff there to help. 
    Free of charge. No need to buy "priority beat the Q tickets". Important to follow dress code and take shoes off. Staff there to help.  more »
  • Hagia Sophia is amazing! Be sure to use a guide to improve your experience. The line is long, so arrive when the mosque opens. The outside views at night are excellent! 
    Hagia Sophia is amazing! Be sure to use a guide to improve your experience. The line is long, so arrive when the mosque opens. The outside views at night are excellent!  more »
  • One of the most popular tourist attractions when visiting Istanbul. The atmosphere is so spiritual and listening to the call of prayer makes you feel peaceful. There is a guided tour which you can... 
    One of the most popular tourist attractions when visiting Istanbul. The atmosphere is so spiritual and listening to the call of prayer makes you feel peaceful. There is a guided tour which you can...  more »
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  • One magnificent construction. You feel you are wrapped up by history here. A holy place that holds up the prayers of millions of people. This building looks great both by day and by night. Very nicely preserved and serves its purpose to so many. An iconic spot and a landmark of Istanbul. A combination of what cannot be combined.
  • My second time in Istanbul to visit this beautiful place and it never disappoints! So much history in a single structure! The restoration in conversion from church to mosque is stunning! Admission is free, but lineups are very long since the pandemic! Be sure to respect the sanctity of the place, and follow directions when security tells you to cover your head and body (for women who are uncovered during the hot summer months).
  • Absolutely stunning and must-go if you’re in Istanbul. Entrance was free (i went on a Friday, not sure about other days). I quickly saw the inside of the mosque then visited the tombs in the other buildings, and it took me 30 minutes. You can then see the Blue Mosque and explore the area. It’s very historical, lively, and just overall lovely.
  • Having been here 11 years ago as a museum and back again as a mosque, and as a non-Muslim foreign tourist, I strongly prefer its current incarnation. When it was a museum, it charged a ticket and the line at the ticket office was almost an hour long. Now it's free and there is hardly a line (no need to line up for ticket). Other than periodic renovations and the introduction of carpets, from regular sightseeing perspective nothing really changed. I really appreciate Hagia Sophia for accommodating both to Muslims (many of whom want to worship in this sacred place) as well as enhancing non-Muslim tourist experience.
  • Breathtaking place. We went there during a prayer session and we were hesitant that we'd be disturbing the folks. But, everyone was friendly and recognised us that we visitors wouldn't be disturbing them. Some even offered to click pictures of us mid-prayer which was surprising but well appreciated. The history of the mosque was also astonishing and the way the place has been maintained over the years is simply amazing. I wish I had visited this place during the day. I'd have loved to see the exteriors better too.

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