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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Istanbul

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Marvel at one of the most significant artistic and architectural achievements in Turkey--and the world--at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). 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. Plan to visit Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Istanbul attractions using our Istanbul trip itinerary maker.
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  • Take time to walk, thinking about history and take all the photos you want. Many corners where it is worthwhile to stop you. The inside story to reflect. Don't miss out.
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  • My expectation was probably too high screwed to the many travel reports and documentation. So I'm not although impressed by the Church/mosque/Museum, flashed. I was fairly early against 9 cheerfully and already, my hotel is located 5 minutes away from the Hagia Sophia. The advantage, little people and short lines. The Interior can only guess the lost beauty, what magnificent building must have been in ancient Constantinople. Unfortunately, is inside a giant scaffold and the Museum is being renovated probably. The price of 50 TL, that corresponds to approximately 12 euros is appropriate. You would have paid far more in other cities. The Gallery don't forget to climb and then to marvel at the exposed mosaics. In a video game, there is even an own mission to the Hagia Sophia and that plays shortly after the conquest of the Ottoman Empire. You can experience the atmosphere of the game of revelations here now real. Overall great, but as I said, my expectation was too high.
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  • The Hagia Sophia is of course world-renowned and an absolute must-see if you are traveling in Istanbul. It was smaller and less light-filled than I had expected (perhaps my expectations were raised by...  more »
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  • Our visitors will glad to see there . There are Topkapi Museum and Sultan Ahmet mosque near Ayasofya . There ara a lot of restaurant nearly . We are concularation all visitors.
  • For $40 Liras a person you get to witness some amazing architecture. Was the largest cathedral in the world when it was built. Inside many of the mosaics are covered up by plaster but you can still see a few. Give yourself at least 2 hours to walk around and enjoy. Audio guide is $30 Liras
  • A place full of history; you can see a mixture of Greec, Roman and Ottoman arcitectures in one huge structure. You can count around 2 hours for a complete visit Paying entrance, cash (15€) or with Museum Pass (much better option=30€ for all museums during 5 days) Easy access for strollers and wheelchairs. If you are interested in detailed history, audio guides can help you (~6€)
  • Massive, grand and spectacular. No other way to describe this place. Spectacular views, more so in the evening times when the whole place is lighted up. Place of worship. Must visit if in Istanbul. Well connected by trams. Located opposite to the Blue mosque. Entry fee applicable.
  • Beautiful museum. Don't miss the Viking graffiti on the upper level, it's something fun to look at. Regrettably, the scaffolding obscures a large section on the left, and is an eyesore. Beautiful mosaics on the upper level. If you want a guide you'll find plenty hanging around outside who'll probably speak your language.