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The symbol of Byzantine glory at its zenith, and a sanctuary designed on an extraordinary scale, the 6C Aya Sofya basilica was converted into a mosque in the 15C and then a museum in 1934. Although a little clumsy in style when viewed from the exterior, inside, the overall sensation beneath its majestic ribbed cupola (58m high and 31m in diameter), is of an almost mystical sense of awe, with its dazzling rays of light, deluge of golden Byzantine mosaics, forest of colonnades with finely carved capitals, and arrangements of precious green, white and pink marble. A quite memorable visit!

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  • Prices : 25 trl

Opening hours :

  • high season: 9am-6pm; except sais.: 9am-4.30pm - closed Mon

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Aya Sofya Basilica

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5/5

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  • Must not be missed (4)
  • Worth the trip (0)
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    Jbourreau

    5/5

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    • Language: fra
    • Position : Alone

    Pros

    Impressionnant. Cela reste mon meilleur souvenir d'Istanbul. Passée d'église byzantine à mosquée et maintenant musée. Prévoir une après midi pour faire mosquée bleue puis sainte Sophie puis citerne puis topkapi.

    Cons

    Était encore en travaux le 27/05/2015. (1/3 de l'intérieur pas encore en restoration)

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    chgs

    5/5

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    • Language: fra
    • Position : As a couple

    Pros

    Cette basilique reste LA visite incontournable d'istanbul; son histoire à travers les siècles, son architecture et sa symbolique nous font revivre le passé d'Istanbul.

    Cons

    Une queue d'attente immense pour réussir à entrer et évidemment énormément de gens

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