Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Istanbul

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Marvel at one of the most significant artistic and architectural achievements in Turkey--and the world--at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). 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 Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and many more Istanbul attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Istanbul tour itinerary planner.
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  • We greatly enjoyed our visit to Hagia Sophia. To gain access, we booked through the Istanbul Welcome Card, and this was a huge help with regard to bypassing the long line, and also provided some...  more »
  • We went there but did not enter, because we have limited time and rushing because of the rain but really hope we have the chance to comeback. Going to Istanbul on Winter with a baby at time is not...  more »
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