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Hagia Sophia

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Topkapi Palace

Both are rated highly by expert reviewers. On balance, Topkapi Palace is the choice of most reviewers compared to Hagia Sophia. Topkapi Palace comes in at 97 with accolades from 9 reviewers like Lonely Planet, Afar Magazine and Travel + Leisure.

Both are rated highly by expert reviewers. On balance, Topkapi Palace is the choice of most reviewers compared to Hagia Sophia. Topkapi Palace comes in at 97 with accolades from 9 reviewers like Lonely Planet, Afar Magazine and Travel + Leisure.

tripexpert score
92
#8 in Istanbul
location

Sultanahmet, Eminonu District, Istanbul, Turkey

endorsements
  • 7 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    Hagia Sophia is a museum, welcoming visitors from all around the world, representing the integration of Islam and Christianity in Istanbul. Full Review →

  • 14

    Concierge

    Don't even dream of leaving Istanbul without visiting this holy trinity of sights.

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    For almost a thousand years, the Ayasofya was a triumph of Christianity and the symbol of Byzantium. Full Review →

  • 58

    Let's Go

    The Hagia Sophia (or the more beautiful way of saying it, Aya Sofya) is Istanbul in one building. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Sophia in Latin, Haghia Sofia in Greek and the Church of the Divine Wisdom in English, this extraordinary building is İstanbul's most famous monument. Full Review →

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97
#1 in Istanbul

Babıhümayun Caddesi , Istanbul, Turkey

  • 8 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    Topkapi Palace was where the Sultans lived for most of their 600 year rule over the Ottoman Empire Full Review →

  • 14

    Concierge

    If you're stuck for time, limit yourself to the main palace and the harem, the most intimate and personal rooms used by the sultans and their many, many women.

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    Topkapi Palace should be at the top of the list for anyone interested in the vast and exotic world behind the seraglio walls. Full Review →

  • 58

    Let's Go

    The views are luxurious, the buildings overwhelmingly crafted, and the treasures outrageous. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    This opulent palace complex is the subject of more colourful stories than most of the world's royal residences put together. Full Review →

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