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Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
+90 (212) 522 1750
http://ayasofyamuzesi.gov.tr/tr/hakk%C4%B1m%C4%B1zda
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Built in 537 as the principle church of the Byzantine Empire, Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya Külliyesi) was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly 1,000 years. Upon conquering Constantinople, the ... Read more
Ottoman Empire turned it into a mosque, painting over the iconography and adding minarets, a prayer niche and Islamic calligraphy. In 1935, the government of Turkey turned it into a museum; today its probably Turkey's most popular tourist attraction. Considered the embodiment of Byzantine architecture, you have to get inside to properly and fully appreciate Hagia Sophia. The grand dome soars overhead, visible from every angle. The stone work and mosaics are stunning. The great cathedral has survived multiple earthquakes, the fall of two empires and 1500 years of decay and yet, no matter what you believe, a visit here is still a religious experience.

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Tehran

It was an astonishing wonder to behold. Such beautiful architectural wonder. It's definitely worth the trip to see it and just awe at its beauty both outside and inside of it. Don't miss the chance to see this wonderful place.

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Local from Istanbul

This is an amazing place that brings you sooo much history and interesting stories while you are gazed at the beauty of incredible design.

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Tehran

I think it was the most attractive place in Istanbul. You can see a part of history of Istanbul there

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London

No worries why this attraction ranks #1 for visitors to Istanbul. The building which was considered the largest cathedral in the world for nearly 1000 years is not to be missed.

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Bethesda

The Hagia Sophia is an absolutely astounding building on the inside and outside. There's an amazing amount of history here that is clearly visible and helpfully laid out. There are also tons of food options right outside.

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Merriam

Even with renovations in process, this is amazing. Breathtaking mosaics. No lines later in the day.

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London

Huge and architecturally awesome. No columns to hold its own massiveness. 1.500 years

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Foster City

Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia were my two favorite places to visit while in Istanbul, definitely top two must see's.

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Bedford

A place with a lot of historical and religious significance, Aya Sofia is not to be missed in a trip to Istanbul.

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Dubai

It's a beautiful place, a must see if you are in Istanbul. Easy to reach by metro/bus

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Huge, amusing place that I have ever seen. You should be in it and feel the power of humanity.You can do everything you can be whatever you want.Belive you and God.

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Local from Istanbul

One of the most iconic buildings in the world, the Hagia Sofia has been astounding visitors with its revolutionary design since 537 AD. First built as a church by the Byzantine emperor Justinian, and later converted into a mosque by Mehmet the Conquerer in 1453, its rich history and glorious dome is best appreciated from the inside. Now functioning as a museum, it has undergone a major renovation in recent years that brings out the best of the Byzantine mosaics and architecture inside.

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Norwich

Wow this place made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Truly amazing.

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Athens

Hagia Sophia is one of the landmark a in Istanbul along with the Blue Mosque. Get there around 8:00 am to avoid the crowds.

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A must see for anyone visiting Istanbul. Make sure to get the audio guide to understand the historical nuances

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San Jose

It's under constant restoration, but the grandeur is still evident. Did you know that 7 tons of gold was used in the interior design? (Along with rubies, emeralds, and other precious stones.) There's so much history here revolving around religion and royalty, and you'll leave with fab photos to boot.

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San Francisco

The Hagia Sophia is one of the most stunning sites in Istanbul. The peach exterior of the building can be seen long before you step on its hallowed grounds.

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Denver

One of the great stops in Istanbul to visualize the changes in ruler ship on religious decor. Light is really contrasty for photos. Scaffolding is up in main room.

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Paranaque

gia 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, Hagia Sophia has always been a significant edifice here in Asia Minor.

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San Diego

This is probably the number one attraction in Istanbul and it should live up to your expectations. It is stunningly beautiful and probably one of the most interesting pieces of architecture ever built.

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Aliases: Ayasofya, Saint Sophia, Ayasofya Külliyesi, aya sofia, aya sophia, hagia sophia

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