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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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  • The one of the main attractions you can not miss when you visite Istanbul! It's a must in every meaning. The first is an architectural sight, the other could be cultorogical and religious side and... 
    The one of the main attractions you can not miss when you visite Istanbul! It's a must in every meaning. The first is an architectural sight, the other could be cultorogical and religious side and...  more »
  • OK. This is so prominent in Christian and Muslim history. Even if you are not religious, it's an important part of human history. It's a beautiful building even if I didn't understand most of the.....  more
    OK. This is so prominent in Christian and Muslim history. Even if you are not religious, it's an important part of human history. It's a beautiful building even if I didn't understand most of the.....  more »
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  • 2015: The Hagia Sophia - Perfect Example of SECULARISM, a church, then a mosque and now a museum with all artifacts. 2021: 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, Hagia Sophia has always been the precious of its time. The mystical city Istanbul hosted many civilizations since centuries, of which Byzantium and Ottoman Empires were both the most famous ones. The city today carries the characteristics of these two different cultures and surely Hagia Sophia is a perfect synthesis where one can observe both Ottoman and Byzantium effects under one great dome.
  • Hagia Sophia is a beautiful piece of art and It has an amazing structure with amazing interior paintings with gold. There is a long queue always and you must have a head cover or umbrella for sun. Nice place, very much crowded but well managed. People love to spend time here and I found the place very neat and clean. Located in a prime spot in old Istanbul city. Has many tourist attractions in the vicinity like Blue Mosque and Cistern Basilica, nearby distance. Entry charge is 40 Lira. One can visit the upper floors of the museum also. It's a unique experience in whole life to witness this. One can invest in the audio guide which gave short informative summaries. The sheer size, design and colour plus the age of what you are seeing is awesome. Beautiful mosaics on every wall is incredible. Recently, announced it's converted to a mosque.

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