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Hagia Sophia Mosque, Istanbul

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Marvel at one of the most significant artistic and architectural achievements in Turkey--and the world--at Hagia Sophia Mosque. 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Hagia Sophia Mosque and many more Istanbul attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Istanbul tour itinerary planner.
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  • During our stay in Istanbul we would come every morning and find a long line up to get into Hagia Sophia. We decided to try returning in the evening. It worked as there was not many people around... 
    During our stay in Istanbul we would come every morning and find a long line up to get into Hagia Sophia. We decided to try returning in the evening. It worked as there was not many people around...  more »
  • Breathtaking place, dazzles with its size, architecture and mosaics but ıt took over 50 min to get inside. There was really long entry line. 
    Breathtaking place, dazzles with its size, architecture and mosaics but ıt took over 50 min to get inside. There was really long entry line.  more »
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  • One magnificent construction. You feel you are wrapped up by history here. A holy place that holds up the prayers of millions of people. This building looks great both by day and by night. Very nicely preserved and serves its purpose to so many. An iconic spot and a landmark of Istanbul. A combination of what cannot be combined.
  • This is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever been in (partly because I'm a big history nerd, plus I particularly enjoy religious buildings). The architecture and interior itself is incredibly impressive, with the high ceiling, the dome and low-hanging chandeliers. However, what made the deepest impression on me was the atmosphere. The carpet invited people to sit directly on the floor, making it a very social, almost communal space, like an indoor park. The acoustics made it a lively, but not a noisy space. Don't miss this wonderful experience when in Istanbul. Oh and entry is free 😊

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