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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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  • The place was the center of power for centuries, it just inspires awe, it doesn't matter if it were Christian Power or Muslim Power!! The history of the place is compelling 
  • Today functions as a Museum, very well located, pay to enter, the interior and wonderful, but at the time was under construction
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  • It is very dıfferent atmospher..old city and hagia sophıa completely different..when you go there you start to feel asif you are in another world. 
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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.