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The heart of istanbul

Every time I go back to Istanbul, I think "well, I've already seen the Hagia Sophia so many times, I think this time I'll skip it." And every time, without fail, I always fall to temptation and enter again to marvel at its beauty.

The Hagia Sophia is, without a doubt, the heart of Istanbul; it's a jewel that's been fought over by countless armies over countless generations, a place where centuries of prayers seem to have lifted it to a realm of its own.

Whether as a church, mosque, or museum, its mission has always been to gather people together, whether in an act of religious devotion or simply to admire the architectural and artistic charms of this temple which still draws visitors from around the world.

Don't miss the chance to visit the upper galleries and lookouts which, in my opinion, are the best part. It's where they house the amazing mosaics of Jesus, Mary, and countless saints and from where you can admire the countless details of the ceiling, domes, and columns.
Roberto Gonzalez
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Something profound

With its peach color, domes, and minarets, you can't help but fall in love at first sight. As you move inside, though, the initial excitement converts into something more profound. The Hagia Sophia is the most celebrated and important building in Istanbul. It's set in the heart of the Sultanahmet district just steps from the Blue Mosque, another of Istanbul's most-visited monuments.

The Hagia Sophia was built in 537 and was the most important Christian temple for over a thousand years. It then became a mosque until in 1935 Ataturk converted it into a museum.

No matter how well-traveled you are, the interior of the Hagia Sophia will take your breath away. The arched roof seems to become one with the sky. The massive dome seems not to have been built by mere human hands. Everything about the Hagia Sophia is massive and impacting, even the massive 19th-century Arabic medallions which were once used to cover the Christian images during its mosque era. Another standout of the Hagia Sophia are its 9th-century mosaics depicting the Virgin Mary, various saints, and archangels. The most amazing mosaics are on the second floor.
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Jewel of byzantine art

I remember many things about my time in Istanbul, but none so much as this grand monument built by the Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. It captures your attention like none other (no small feat in a city like Istanbul) and its silhouette is unmistakable. It was once the largest church ever built and the architects, Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles, worked to lift the 33-meter-wide dome 56 meters above the floor to create a diaphanous and luminous space. Well, the magic remains today. The golden tones and vividly-colored marble on the walls and floor create a mystical feel. I won't go into its construction because there are guides and sources better than I, but I will say that the details of its architecture when you're standing inside is very, very powerful. It' like each one is a world of its own. You can't miss the graffiti (already 1,000 years old) on the upper floor.
juan argelina
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Wonder of the world

The Hagia Sofia is absolutely incredible, both in dimension and grandeur. The cupola and mosaics are stunning, and filtered light gives the whole place a sort of dim glow. I don't think I have to tell you that, if you're in Istanbul, you can't miss it. When you go to the Hagia Sofia (or the Blue Mosque or Topakapi Palace for that matter), I'd grudgingly suggest to get a guide. Sure, having someone chatter away at you in broken English kind of robs a little bit of the magic of these sacred places, but the lines to get in are staggering and local guides typically have tricks to get you in without a wait.
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Eighth wonder of the world in the sixth century

During my visit to Istanbul, we had the opportunity to visit “The Eighth Wonder of the World:” the Hagia Sophia. It was originally built as a church and later converted in to a mosque. Now it is used as a museum. It was absolutely fascinating to visit the Hagia Sophia and soak up its beauty and grandeur.
Dr. Avinash Kumar Srivastav
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One of the greatest museums in the world

Probably one of the greatest museums in the world. It offers you the best experience in order to understand the greatness of the Ottoman Empire.
Florina Mocanu
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Hagia sophia by night

Night view of Hagia Sophia
Andrea Mauri
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Just a beautiful interior.
Dripta Roy
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Mystical experience

The words are too .. enter here is how to get into St. Peter's Basilica .. a mystical experience for those who is not a believer! Impossible not to be seduced by size, from the decorations, to the polished marble, those golden mosaics, those imposing columns, those times perfect .. It would be only a trip to Istanbul (but no, fortunately there is much, much more ..). It is no wonder at all that is the symbol of the city. Good old Hagia Sophia, or Sophia, or Holy Wisdom .. The wisdom of the Byzantine architects here have got their masterpiece.

Esperienza mistica

Le parole sono di troppo.. entrare qui è come entrare nella Basilica di San Pietro.. un'esperienza mistica anche per chi non è credente! Impossibile non rimanere sedotti dalle dimensioni, dalle decorazioni, da quel marmo levigato, quei mosaici dorati, quelle colonne imponenti, quelle volte perfette.. Varrebbe da sola un viaggio ad Istanbul (e invece no, per fortuna c'è tanto, tanto altro..). Non meraviglia affatto che sia il simbolo della città. Cara vecchia Hagia Sophia, o Santa Sofia, o Santa Sapienza.. La sapienza degli architetti bizantini che qui hanno ottenuto il loro capolavoro.
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Beautiful byzantine mosaics

The Hagia Sophia or Divine Wisdom is one of the masterpieces of Byzantine art. Constructed from 532 to 537 in Constantinople (now Istanbul), capital of the Byzantine Empire, uring the mandate of Justinian I. It has some beautiful Byzantine mosaics, and architects made an unprecedented design, in which the dome seems to float by the absence of columns. It was Christian church for almost 1000 years, until the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453, who turned into a mosque, adding that today has four minarets. In 1935 it was converted into a museum Hagia Sophia measurements indicate his majestuosiad: The plant is a rectangle of 77 x 71 meters. The dome-shaped half, from 56.6 to 31.87 meters in diameter, it feels as Procopio, of being "suspended from heaven by a golden chain."

Bellos mosaicos bizantinos

La iglesia de Santa Sofía o de la Divina Sabiduría es una de las obras cumbres del arte bizantino. Construida del 532 al 537 en Constantinopla (hoy Estambul), capital del Imperio bizantino, ,urante el mandato de Justiniano I.

Tiene unos bellos mosaicos bizantinos, y los arquitectos realizaron un diseño sin precedentes, En el que la cúpula parece flotar por la ausencia de columnas.

Fue iglesia cristiana durante casi 1000 años, hasta la conquista de Constantinopla por los turcos en 1453, que la convirtieron en mezquita, añadiendo los cuatro minaretes que hoy tiene. En 1935 fue convertida en museo.

Las medidas de Santa Sofía indican su majestuosiad: La planta es un rectángulo de 77 x 71 metros. La cúpula con forma de media naranja, de 56,6 metros de altura y 31,87 de diámetro, da la sensación, según Procopio, de estar «suspendida del cielo por una cadena de oro».
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You can not come to istanbul without ...

You can not come to Istanbul without seeing it. Watching over the Golden Horn, Sancta Sophia (Latin), Hagia Sofia (Greek), Aya Sofya (Turkish) or St Sophie (French) A monument of history. A must for sightseeing. Alternately church, mosque and museum. This emblem of Istanbul was built by the great Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the sixth century before Mehmet the Conqueror captured the city and make a Muslim place of worship. It's Atatürk in 1935, decided to make a museum to offer this splendor, reflecting the divine wisdom at all. Pastel pink-clad, the building has the air of big meringue. A rather original pastry with its four minarets added to the original domes. But what's inside that really worth a visit. Bewitched pleasantly surprised, we walk on tiptoe alongside history ... Large, airy, finely decorated with stained glass and golden mosaics, symbols of the two monotheistic religions come together to give shape to a nice mix: Ottoman chandeliers, candles , ponds ablutions, Christian paintings, large hanging medallions Arabic calligraphy ... The majestic remains without doubt the main dome: It seems to float over the plate in a soft flickering light. Just beautiful!

On ne peut pas venir à Istanbul sans la voir. Veillant sur la Corne d'Or, Sancta Sophia (latin), Haghia Sofia (grec), Aya Sofya (turc) ou encore St Sophie (français) est UN monument d’Histoire. Un incontournable des visites touristiques.

Tour à tour église, mosquée puis musée. Cet emblème d’Istanbul a été édifié par le grand empereur byzantin Justinien au VIème siècle, avant que Mehmet le Conquérant s’empare de la ville et en fasse un lieu de culte musulman. C’est Atatürk qui, en 1935, décida d’en faire un musée, afin d’offrir cette splendeur, reflet de la sagesse divine, à tous.

Tout de rose pastel vêtu, l’édifice a des airs de grosse meringue. Une pâtisserie plutôt originale avec ses quatre minarets ajouté aux coupoles d’origine. Mais c’est l’intérieur qui vaut vraiment le détour. Envoûté, agréablement surpris, on marche à pas feutrés aux côtés de l’Histoire… Vaste, aéré, finement décoré de vitraux et de mosaïques dorées, les symboles des deux religions monothéistes se côtoient pour donner corps à un beau mélange : Lustres ottomans, cierges, bassins à ablutions, peintures chrétiennes, grands médaillons suspendus ornés de calligraphie arabe…

Le plus majestueux reste sans aucun doute possible sa coupole principale : Elle semble flotter au dessus du marbre, dans une douce lumière scintillante.

Juste sublime !
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You're going to enjoy like me.

The Hagia Sophia, the Divine Wisdom or Hagia Sophia (Greek), is the most sublime of Byzantine art. Built in the years 532 to 537, in the former Constantinople, capital of Byzantine Empire, Istanbul today. Was for nearly a thousand years Catholic church, until the Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453, there became a mosque and four minarets added to the original project. In 1935 it was converted into a museum. Inside you can admire beautiful Byzantine mosaics, towering columns as you will see in the photos, compared with men also like beautiful alabaster vases huge bill. Even today, although the Turks redecorated, you can see paintings of the first signs of Christianity: The fish and then the cross, hovering behind the paintings with which was redecorated. It is separated from the Blue Mosque for just about three blocks, you'll find manicured gardens with flowers and fountains. The sight of the two huge buildings is AWESOME. Surely you will enjoy it like me.

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La Iglesia de Santa Sofia, la Divina Sabiduría o Hagia Sophia (en griego), es la obra más sublime del arte bizantino. Construida en los años 532 al 537, en la otrora Constantinopla, capital del imperio Bizantino, hoy Estambul.

Fue durante casi mil años iglesia católica, hasta que los turcos conquistaron Constantinopla en el año 1453, allí la convirtieron en Mezquita y le agregaron cuatro minaretes al proyecto original. En 1935 fue convertida en Museo.

En su interior podrás admirar bellos mosaicos bizantinos, columnas altísimas como veras en las fotos, en comparación con el hombre, asimismo como bellísimos jarrones de alabastro de inmensa factura.

Aun hoy día, aunque los turcos la redecoraron, se pueden ver pinturas de los primeros signos del cristianismo: El pez y luego la cruz, que asoma detrás de las pinturas con la que fue redecorada.
Está separada de la Mezquita Azul por apenas unas tres cuadras, en las que encontrarás jardines con muy cuidadas flores y fuentes.

El espectáculo de los dos enormes edificios es IMPRESIONANTE.
Seguramente lo vas a disfrutar como yo.
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Outside the hagia sophia is a monumen...

Outside the Hagia Sophia is a monumental work, but that is the opposite of the Blue Mosque. As the Blue Mosque is impressive from outside, but Hagia Sophia, this is a case that keeps the finest well hidden deep inside wonders. But this does not remove the imposing side, incredible condition, for a church in the sixth century, the Byzantine period, built by Emperor Justinian. Its large external sobriety contrasts particularly with the typical large Western Christian church shows its opulence outside, while the Hagia Sophia recalls classic mosques, where the most important thing is Inside. On the square, Hagia Sophia is facing the Blue Mosque. Almost symmetrical, there is not one that is bigger, more beautiful, they are not even competition. We go from one to another, from one religion to another, from one era to another, while fluency. If you go through there at night, in the Sultanahmet district, the place is empty. The water carriers, photographers, souvenir sellers have returned to their districts for a long time. The illuminated facade of the church before.

L´extérieur de Sainte Sophie est une œuvre monumentale, mais qui fait l´effet inverse de la mosquée bleue. Autant la mosquée bleue est impressionnante depuis dehors, mais pour Sainte Sophie, c´est un écrin qui garde les plus belles merveilles bien cachées en son intérieur. Mais cela n´enlève pas le coté imposant, son incroyable état de conservation, pour une église du VIème siècle, de l´époque byzantine, construite par l´empereur justinien. Sa grande sobriété externe contraste particulièrement avec la typique grande église chrétienne occidentale qui montre son opulence à l´extérieur, alors que Sainte Sophie rappelle les mosquées classiques, où le plus important est a l´intérieur.

Sur la place, Sainte Sophie fait face à la mosquée bleue. Presque symétriques, il n´y en a pas une qui soit plus grande, plus belle, elles ne se font même pas concurrence. On va de l´une à l´autre, d´une religion à l´autre, d´une époque à une autre, tout en fluidité. Si on passe par là de nuit, dans le quartier de Sultanahmet, la place se vide. Les porteurs d´eau, les photographes, les vendeurs de souvenirs ont regagné leurs quartiers depuis longtemps. La façade illuminée de l´église veille.
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At the crossroads of influences

Hagia Sophia is one of the symbols of history that can not be avoided: it is at the crossroads of different ages, different religions and represents the richness of ancient Byzantium, Constantinople and now Istanbul. From the outside it's a huge red building with minarets around inside, it is a very high basilica decorated richly Christian and Islamic styles. This architectural wonder on which a dome 32 meters in diameter rests has no equal in Istanbul and was built in only 5 years! You can spend you to visit Hagia Sophia, which incidentally, is not at all in honor of Sophie but rather Wisdom.

Au carrefour des influences

Sainte Sophie est un de ces symboles de l'Histoire qu'on ne peut éviter : elle est au carrefour de différentes époques, de différentes religions et elle représente toute la richesse de l'Ancienne Byzance, Constantinople et aujourd'hui Istanbul.
De l'extérieur c'est une immense bâtisse de couleur rouge avec des minarets autour, à l'intérieur, c'est une très haute basilique décorée très richement de styles chrétiens puis islamiques. Ce prodige architectural sur lequel repose une coupole de 32 mètres de diamètre n'a pas son pareil à Istanbul et fut construite en seulement 5 ans!
Vous ne pourrez vous passer de visiter Sainte Sophie qui, soit dit en passant, n'est pas du tout en l'honneur d'une Sophie mais plutôt de la Sagesse.
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The hagia sophia in our culture. the ...

The Hagia Sophia in our culture. The contemplation of the various corners of this stunning historical sample is an unforgettable experience. A space for the many civilizations that have passed and each has left its mark on some of the sections of his structure. While it may seem at first glance that preservation is not very careful, we have to consider this great work from the perspective of its age. Everything about it is great. An indelible knowledge.

La Santa Sofía de nuestra cultura.
La contemplación de los distintos rincones de esta impresionante muestra histórica es una experiencia inolvidable.
Un espacio por el que han pasado tantas civilizaciones y que cada una ha dejado su impronta en algunos de los apartados de su estructura.
Si bien parecería a primera vista que su conservación no es muy esmerada, hay que contemplar esta magna obra desde la perspectiva de su antigüedad.
Todo en ella es grandioso. Un conocimiento imborrable.
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