Istanbul Hagia Sofia Excursion Reviews
Hagia Sofia architecture is breath taking.
Top interesting monument of unique importance to visit
Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul. It was raining when we visited here, but our guide let us wait till the rain slowed, and then we went inside to look at the history in this building, design is something else. Hagia Sophia is famous for the light that reflects everywhere in the interior of the nave, giving the dome the appearance of hovering above this. This effect is achieved by inserting forty windows around the base of the original structure. The Loge of the Empress is located in the centre of the upper enclosure, or gallery, of the Hagia Sophia. From there the empress and the court ladies would watch the proceedings down below. A round, green stone marks the spot where the throne of the empress stood.
The Marble Door is located in the southern upper enclosure, or gallery. It was used by the participants in synods, they entered and left the meeting chamber through this .
Interesting to see how East meets West. Architecture, Fresco's etc.were amazing
The visit of the Church (what was lft of it..) was really great, but sad to see what became of it, but we did like the tour very much.
This is a must-see in Istanbul but not something I would return to.
Beautiful architecture = long walk but worth the hike to see the interior that has rememnants of islam and christianity in 1 room. Be a little careful with bags in main square too many ppl around. excursion was very well organized
This was an amazing place. Our guide did a great job of describing the history and giving us time on our own.
Just FABULOUS!! Our tour guide took us there at the end of day so we were able to really admire and view the beautiful architecture and decor.
Dilek our guide was extremely friendly, knowledgable and organised. She dealt with the blind member of our tour group and his guide dog very patiently.
Disappointing because the interior was covered in scaffolding
Beautiful. Facts were interesting.
Onto Hagia Sophia monastery which was also nice, but not as nice as Blue Mosque.