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Hagia Sophia, Turkey

From series “Monuments of Byzantium: the most famous buildings”
Year: 537.

Hagia Sophia has been a hallmark of Istanbul for hundreds of years. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site today. The very first cathedral was built in its place by order of Emperor Constantine in 360. As shown by the research of archaeologists, the ancient acropolis was located in its place earlier. Its surviving fragments were actively used during construction. The very first cathedral was destined to last only 75 years. It was destroyed by fire.

Hagia Sophia, Turkey A new cathedral was built in its place. It didn't last long. It, too, was destroyed by fire in 532. Visitors to Istanbul can see the unique religious monument today. It was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian I. The scale of construction was truly grandiose. According to historical data, more than 10,000 people took part in the construction of the cathedral. It is not surprising that at such a pace, a large and incredibly beautiful cathedral was built in just 5 years.

The solemn consecration of the cathedral took place in 537. It continues to be one of the main symbols of the city for almost fifteen hundred years from this moment. Hagia Sophia is located in the heart of the historic district today. It is surrounded by spectacular buildings of various periods. The religious monument attracts travelers with its unique interior design. A unique painting has been preserved on the walls and ceiling in it. Tall columns and other stone features are also preserved in the cathedral. Beautiful chandeliers in the medieval style illuminate the huge hall of the cathedral. Natural light penetrates through 40 windows on a sunny day. Next - Wilshire Boulevard Temple

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ATM bankomat: 'Türkiye İş Bankası Bankamatik' located in 0.1 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Antalya Havalimanı Oto Kiralama' is located in 0.07 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'petrol ofisi atasehir' in 0.18 km
Supermarket: 'Greens' in 0.17 km
Parking: 'Çatalçeşme Sk. Otoparkı' in 0.08 km
Apotheek: 'Pharmacy Ayasofya' in 0.08 km
Police station: 'Fatih Kaymakamlığı İlçe Emniyet Müdürlüğü' in 0.27 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Deraliye Ottoman Cuisine Restaurant' in 0.03 km
Railway station: 'Marmaray Sirkeci Metro Station South (Cağaloğlu) Input' in 0.45 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Ataturk Airport IST - in 14 km
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 »  Corlu Airport TEQ - in 89 km
 »  Topel Airport QST - in 97 km
 »  Burgas Airport BOJ - in 211 km
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Best hotels near Hagia Sophia

Zeugma Hotel

Located in 0 km from Hagia Sophia
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Rooms: 10
All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Each room has a private bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries. Some rooms have a balcony … More: photo, rates and booking
Victory Hotel & Spa Istanbul

Located in 1 km from Hagia Sophia
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Rooms: 56
Tastefully decorated in modern style, all rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, safe box and an electric kettle. There is a balcony … More: photo, rates and booking
Yad Hotel

Located in 2 km from Hagia Sophia
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Rooms: 16
All rooms at Hotel Yad include air conditioning and flat-screen TV. The private bathroom features a shower, slippers and free toiletries. A 24-hour … More: photo, rates and booking
Zambak Apart

Located in 3 km from Hagia Sophia
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Rooms: 8
Featuring parquet floors, the rooms of Zambak Apart include a flat-screen TV. The kitchenette come equipped with kitchenware. Each room has a private … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Hagia Sophia - Istanbul

It is hard to find a more flamboyant oriental city than Istanbul. This amazing place is also perfect for a family vacation. Children will be fascinated with numerous interesting landmarks and entertainments, such as the Istanbul Toy Museum that is definitely recommended for a visit. This museum was open yet in 2005 by writer Sunay Akın. During 15 years, the writer was visiting different countries of the world and bringing interesting memorable souvenirs from every journey. He bought some toys in elite shops and found the others on antiquity markets. The collection exhibited in the museum can be safely called a unique one, so it will be certainly liked by kids.
Miniaturk remains the most famous and popular landmark of Istanbul. This is a wondrous park with miniature copies of all internationally famous sights. The park itself is a beautiful place with a special railroad for children, so kids will have an amazing opportunity to see the park from a mini-train. Besides that, there is a chain of water canals in Miniaturk, and visitors are allowed to make boat rides in them. Amazing playgrounds and charming relaxation areas with lush flora make this place a fantastic destination for the whole family.

Don’t forget to include a visit to Turkuazoo Aquarium into your excursion program. The aquarium is famous for one of the biggest collections of underwater creatures in the world. Visitors can see nearly 10,000 animals that live in oceans and seas. The 90-meter long acrylic tunnel remains one of the biggest peculiarities of the aquarium.
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