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Visit to Hagia Sophia

I will have a one day layover in Istanbul next week. I was thinking of going to the Hagia Sophia. When I was there last September, nearly half of the interior was covered by scaffolding. Has anybody been inside recently, and is there any scaffolding still set up in the interior?

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I was there nearly 3 years ago, and there was a lot of scaffolding. Must be a long-term project.

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We were there on 6/17/16 and there is some scaffolding up but 3/4 of the interior is open. The project is an evolutionary one, they finish one area and then move to the next, it is nearing completion. I would definitely make the visit and if you have another hour, the cistern is awesome!