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Hagia Sophia

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Cankurtaran, Fatih
  • Maher A.
    "Nice historical place ... loved the museum"(12 Tips)
    Lupin Travel
    "important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires."(11 Tips)
    "The most beautiful Greek Orthodox Church in the world."(9 Tips)
    Tugra G.
    "Amazing place, check out the viking runes on the upper floor"(9 Tips)
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  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphNovember 20, 2012
    Right across from the cistern is the greatest single building in a city full of wonders, the Hagia Sophia or Aya Sofya (£8.70, closed Mondays). It was a church, then a mosque and is now a museum.
  • Thamer A.
    One of the most oldest churches since 500 AD. with a lot of details & great mixture between both Christian and Islamic cultures.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Martin A.
    Martin AngelettiAugust 11, 2014
    Its really really big, noisy, crowded, saint and diverse. The ceilings r super tall, the stairs a nice place for cool pictures. Its even better if you are retracing Robert Langdon steps in Istanbul.
  • Kamiyar F.
    Kamiyar FatemifarDecember 21, 2016
    Islamic Architecture & Christian Combined To Create This Great Work of Architecture , A Mosque & A Church , I Believe Church Used to be Better Though , Yet For Best Islamic Architecture Check Isfahan 
  • Hännelore C.
    Hännelore ChavierOctober 7, 2016
    1500 years of history - Originally a Greek Orthodox Cathedral, converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral for a period, later an Ottoman mosque, & now a secularized museum.🕌📿👳🏻🕋📯⛪️🇹🇷
  • Turkish Airlines
    Turkish AirlinesOctober 21, 2011
    Haghia Sophia is considered one of the finest architectural works in the world. Although it was occasionally damaged and repaired, its essence remains untouched especially since 1453.
  • Dens
    DensJuly 31, 2013
    If some guy outside tries to sell you tickets that allow you to cut line, it's cool & legit (we did it) and saved us like 20 min in line. Pro tip: once inside, do tje tour backward, starting w/ exit
  • Reemo A.
    Reemo AlmanieJanuary 29, 2015
    Hagia Means holy wisdom. This museum was a cathedral(church) from 573 to 1435 then a mosque till 1931 and finally a museum. Hagia Sophia was an inspiration for many other Ottoman mosques.
  • Bianca B.
    Bianca BuenoAugust 11, 2014
    Of course you won't miss the impressive work of art, history and culture impressed on the walls and architecture of it. And do yourself a favor and read a bit about before getting in. ;)
  • Tan O.
    Tan OzturkJune 11, 2013
    This beautiful rebuilt mosque takes your breath away!The history it encloses should be appreciated so I suggest you take a tour to learn&understand better everything. Take your time, enjoy and sink in
  • Ahn B.
    Ahn BustamanteSeptember 28, 2014
    Get here early in the morning to avoid long queues. The second floor is no longer leveled. There's a restaurant just beside it just in case you feel hungry after touring the museum.
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CallahanNovember 29, 2015
    The idea that this church was built in the 500s AD and was the largest church in the world for 1000 years and I can walk around it today and even see Viking graffiti blows my mind.
    DHR.comFebruary 9, 2012
    No visit to Istanbul is ever complete without visiting the Hagia Sofia, former basilica, mosque, and now a museum. Pay attention to all the mosaics and the dome, some of the museum's best features.
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
    Hagia Sophia was the world's largest church until 1520, at which time it was converted to a Mosque. It is now a must-see Museum that showcases some of the finest Byzantine art pieces. Read more
  • Lillian S.
    Lillian SwordNovember 27, 2014
    my favourite attractions in Istanbul. There is so much history of Christianity the restoration is incredible. Pictures do not do it justice. Beautiful attraction, I cannot wait to visit again!
  • Pavan
    PavanDecember 29, 2014
    Awestruck at the gigantic masterpiece. It's a must for anyone going to Istanbul. If you plan on visiting two or more of the historic sites, check the museum pass,you may save some money...
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissSeptember 23, 2014
    This is the top MUST SEE in Istanbul. A church converted to a mosque converted to a museum tells the story of the city.
  • Asya C.
    Asya CatzJuly 21, 2013
    During Ramadan the whole area around and between aya Sofia and blue Mosque is transformed once the sun goes down. Tourist crowds disappear to give space for local to have their 1st meal. Must see
  • Kostas
    KostasFebruary 20, 2015
    From Orthodox church to Latin cathedral, to mosque and eventually as a museum the diamond of Isidoros and Anthemius still stands today as a brilliant showcase of architecture. Absolutely breathtaking
  • Turkey Tourism
    Turkey TourismMay 15, 2013
    Hagia Sophia is a former patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Aya Sofya is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world. Read more
  • Anna
    AnnaFebruary 15, 2013
    Read more about it, it's quite an important piece of history. Its architectonics reflect the cross / body of Christ. Wonderful cathedral, and you can imagine how glorious it was in Byzantine times
  • Tania M.
    Tania MartinezOctober 20, 2015
    This place is amazing. You can see christian and muslim icons everywhere, under the same roof. And the columns were taken from greek temples.
  • Dean J.
    Dean JohnsonMay 9, 2015
    Beautiful architecture. I visited in mid April '15 and there was a good amount of construction but it didn't stop me from enjoying it
  • Jamie G.
    Jamie GrantJuly 14, 2014
    Do not fail to go to the second floor by way of the side passage inside and to the edge of the building. Views are spectacular and provide good photo ops.
  • Ehma J.
    Ehma JohnstonOctober 17, 2014
    Although the enormity of Ayasofya is overwhelming, make sure you don't miss all the small things... Like the tiles in almost hidden corner niches and the viking's graffiti on the second floor.
  • Ana - @.
    Ana - @pixelvilleFebruary 21, 2014
    The place where Islam and Christianity embrace, with no boundaries. Beautiful exquisite architecture both interior and exterior. Couldn't get enough of filming and photographing 360s.
  • Ferhat D.
    Ferhat DuranDecember 24, 2014
    15th century art and history of this structure standing among the masterpieces of architecture in the world and has become a symbol of Byzantine architecture with a large dome.
  • Vanio C.
    Vanio ChAugust 20, 2014
    Architecture is amazing, a true miracle...the art inside is being restored but im not so sure that either the icons and the frescos nor the grace can be restored!
  • Başak
    BaşakJune 16, 2013
    Expensive entry fee at 25TL.(I believe places of worship ought to be free to enter)Both the Christian&Islamic art forms here are awe inspiring.There're no words to describe how beautiful's HagiaSophia
  • Bogdan D.
    Bogdan D.October 10, 2014
    Great monumental church with both byzantine and ottoman elements; highlights are the nave, byzantine mosaics and the ablutions fountain;
  • Lupin Travel
    Lupin TravelApril 5, 2013
    Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque,and now a museum at the Turkish Republic,
  • Thanos A.
    Few meters in the right hand from entrance,there's a counter where you can take your personal Ayasofya guide ( number plastic guide with earset pen or sth like that with). It's worth for 20 TL.
  • James
    JamesMarch 5, 2014
    be sure to go when the renovation is completed! if it wasnt one of the "must see" places id say to pass, not nearly as pretty or ornate as the "blue mosque"
  • Mohsin A.
    Mohsin AmeenMay 23, 2013
    print out tickets before going. worth seeing the great mixture of Islam and Christianity in one place. if u ddnt buy tickets you can buy them frm people around the gate for higher price. Great museum!
  • Shaileshwori S.
    Shaileshwori SharmaJuly 23, 2016
    40 TL entrance. Prepare to look up a lot because of its tall, intricate ceilings. Some parts were under repair in June but this is a necessity to preserve the historic value of the site. Tip: go up.
  • Meyvemix Juice
    Meyvemix JuiceJuly 13, 2014
    Hagia Sophia ( Ayasofya) is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul.
  • Espiranza B.
    Espiranza Bint AbdullaJanuary 6, 2015
    Beautiful architecture and brilliantly designed interior domes with mosaic. Though waa disappointed that I couldn't take proper photos due to the renovation in progress
  • Museum Pass Istanbul Distributor
    Purchase Museum Pass Istanbul, on sale at many of the city's hotels. The card allows you to save time and money by offering admission to six must-see museums without having to queue up.
  • James
    JamesMay 31, 2014
    Muslim meets Christian in this cathedral that was converted to a mosque. A massive and beautiful building steeped in history.
  • Sarah
    SarahAugust 6, 2016
    The place was under renovation, but we still enjoyed our time walking around the place and exploring its majestic architecture.
  • Rustam G.
    Rustam GabaydullinSeptember 26, 2013
    Lots of people, go early in the morning to avoid big cues (though they move fast to admit). Plan as a first thing to do , a lot of interesting stuff and takes a while.
  • Gelin Damat F.
    Gelin Damat Fotoğraf ÇekimiApril 8, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Antique turkish letters which is u can see at top floor. (not vikings letters as it says.)
  • Marti V.
    Marti VisserFebruary 7, 2014
    A must see!! If travelling without a guide, you can hire a Walkman recorded guide for a reasonable fee. Well worth it as there is just do much yo see
  • Arie M.
    Arie MulyahatiSeptember 17, 2013
    This place is under renovate when I came here..but you still can enjoy the building and the park that surrounding this's still beautiful even from the outside!
  • Rodolfo G.
    Rodolfo GabrielOctober 9, 2016
    Take a deep breath and enjoy years of history and art. Just beautiful and unique. Museum card applies to it.
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJanuary 1, 2016
    Originally a 6th century Byzantine church and HQ of the Eastern Orthodox christian church. Was converted to a mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453 & then to a museum by Ataturk in 1935.
  • Badr El Boudour Z.
    Badr El Boudour ZJune 22, 2014
    Personally I wasn't amazed by it as I expected to be. It looks far more beautiful in the pictures of the guide books.
  • Zara K.
    Zara KhanOctober 24, 2014
    Magnificent. Initially, it was church, then a mosque and now a museum. A must for Islamic and Christian art lovers.
  • IzApps
    IzAppsSeptember 10, 2012
    Like Hagia Sophia, Chora is a must-see spot, built as a church and then turned into a mosque. For more information about Chora, you can have a glance at its offical application.
  • Niloofar Y.
    Niloofar YadegariJuly 12, 2016
    nice architecture and cool atmosphere , I like it ❤️
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