We stayed next block so it was easy getting here. We got there at 0830 but line was already a block long. then Mr. Medet YILMAZ approached us for a tour guide. As trotter I don't normally do guide but since I was on a rush I decided to use his service. since this is a layover trip, I didn't have Museum pass. A pass to Hagia Sophia was 40TL and with guide we get a priority entry. It was 100 Euro for 6 of us and he would accept $100, so for about $30 it was worth the cutting line and 30 min expert presentation by Mr. YILMAZ. We got through line in 5 min (inc security) and was in before place was swamped with other tourists. We didn't have to read every note as he had explained so were. it was well worth the money and I thanked him for his service. Hagia being over 1500 years old with both Christian and Muslim heritage it was very unique experience. Walking up to second level was not hard like European churches with narrow stairs, it was a ramp with wide path. If you visit cathedrals and churches or even old historic building, this is a must. Also, don't forget a mosaic on the back side as you exit. They have a mirror by the exit so you don't walk past it.
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