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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  • Love Hagia Sophia of their great architectural beauty. Also it is an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires Standing for around 1500 years, still one of the most outstanding...  more »
  • We managed to arrive with zero waiting line at entry with no tour groups in front of us! Take time to read the posters in the main entry hall before going upstairs or into the dome itself. You will....  more »
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