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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 1750
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 1750
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Reviewed yesterday

Amazing museum, at the moment being renovated, so part of it is covered by scaffolding. Very beautiful domes and mosaics.

Thank Dario Sara B
Reviewed yesterday

We got a private guide name Ibrahim, an old teacher, he was great and full of information about the historic timeline. We where amazed. A big part of the building is under construction, but I do think it is normal, a building like that must...More

Thank Kristrún Ýr E
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This building alone was a big reason for why I wanted to come to Istanbul. It lived up to expectations. First thing if at all possible go first thing in the morning. It opens up at 9am. I got there at 8:50am and with museum...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Boring was not WoW. Very tropical masque. Nothing as a museum. It is under reconstruction. Nothing special. Doesn't worth to visit. We read lots of good things but it was not correct

Thank Ehsan Y
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Give to yourself enough time to visit such an interesting historical place. I have used a professional guide which made my visit very efficient and informed. A word of caution, if you have allergy issues be aware it could be inconvenient for you due to...More

Thank ofolokekolo
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a wonderful sight. Hagia Sofia is absolutely amazing. A mix of Christianity and Islam, almost hands in hands together. It's been a very emotional time for me in these times of religious wars.... And all have been perfectly explained by a great charismatic and...More

1  Thank Loic T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning, full of history, must see. Situated in the square with the beautiful park and fountain opposite the Blue Mosque. Close to the trams, cafes and tourist shops.

Thank RJnJA
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Always great to come here. Ticket was 40 lira. Friendly for all ages. Hazard Ali name plate is under repair. All others are visible. Not operational mosque, no covering required . If a history buff then visit all around the exterior as well.

Thank Sadaf S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Breath taking place. So much history! I hope this place will not be converted into the mosque. Hagia Sophia should remain one of its kind in the world.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 days ago

Absolutely stunning construction! the history, monumentalism and how beautiful it is from inside!!! difficult to describe the feelings when you are inside. MUST visit while in Istanbul

Thank Ирина Б
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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Shamima C
How much time will one need at this musuem. will be visiting with kids
22 April 2017|
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Response from ilikemanggis | Reviewed this property |
it depends on how much time you would like to go around the museum...1 hour think its enough....
Do u know where sultan murad 3rd tomb is.
8 April 2017|
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Response from Lale K | Reviewed this property |
The tomb is in the Hagia Sofia garden. You cannot visit the tombs through Hagia Sofia musuem. The entrance of the tombs is on the western side of the museum, on way to Topkapı Palace. It is free of charge.
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Where is sultan murad iii tomb?
29 March 2017|
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Response from Elna L | Reviewed this property |
It is near Ayasofya, that means it is the cathedral - museum, "Padisah turbeleri" I found out then that means Sultans Mausoleum and are outbuildings of the cathedral.