Hagia Sophia9329 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: Sultanahmet Mh., Ayasofya Meydanı, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey, Istanbul
- Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +90-2125221750
- Ticket Price: 30 TRY
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Landmark, Historical Site, Architecture
Through its history, the Hagia Sofia has seen several changes like being converted from an Orthodox Church to a mosque and then finally being converted into a museum. It is as stunning from the inside as it is from the outside. A must visit indeed! It is advised to buy tickets for Hagia Sofia in advance as a lot of people usually visit it. Get Hagia Sofia tickets from our ticket section and combine them with tickets for Hagia Sofia tours to make a superb combo package.
Also known as the Ayasofya, this was famous Greek Orthodox basilica, later a mosque and evetually a museum. Built in the middle of the 6th century, it contains a number of holy relics and was the centre of the Easter Orthodox Church for nearly a thousand years. It’s name means Holy Wisdom, and the main attraction of the museum is it’s own architecture and history. Near constant renovations keep the building and it’s frescoes and mosaics in a pristine shape. When you are visiting this museum it is also necessary to spare some time to visit the upper gallery of the museum. Moreover, the museum also looks very beautiful from the second floor and you can easily see the beauty of its interiors as well. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Istanbul itinerary 2 days.
Hagia Sophia Travel Tips
- If you have UNESCO cards, and so you can get in for free.
- If you own a press card, then also you can get in for free.
- Diverse cultural activities available for kids.
Entrance Ticket Details For Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia entrance fee:
- Adult Ticket Price: 30 TL
- Turkish children and teenagers 18 years old or younger.
- Foreign children 12 years or younger except Harem. For the Harem under 6 and younger.
- Citizens of the Turkish Republic 65 years old or older.
- For more categories of free entry, check the official website.
Hagia Sophia Hours
- Hagia Sophia Museum will be closed to visitors every monday from 02.05.2016.
- Hagia Sophia Museum is not available for visiting in the first days of Ramadan and Sacrifice Festivals for half time.
How to Reach Hagia Sophia
- Eminonu Transit IETT bus stop
- Ayasofya Konaklari
- Karakol Restaurant
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91.35% of people who visit Istanbul include Hagia Sophia in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
60.12% of people start their Hagia Sophia visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Hagia Sophia
66.01% of people prefer walking in order to reach Hagia Sophia
Must visit, simply extravagant. While it's not a mosque or church, you can see that it used to be both. A Harmony of Christianity and Islam that is a must see. The enormous floating dome and hanging lights are also very impressive. Fun fact, the huge gold medallions hanging on the walls were meant to be removed at one point, but it turns out the doors were too small to fit them, so they left them there.
The No. 1 Must Visit Place in Istanbul period. Come close to 8 AM (when it's open), you're lucky if you don't have 20 people already lined up to go in. It's magnificent! Learning it from a book beforehand then actually seeing it is an amazing experience. There is a lot of history in this building. Facility is well maintained and staffs are friendly. WC is outside the building. Come and experience it yourself!
Historic and multi-religious site over a long period. Exclusive mosaics and fixtures available to view that are more than 1000 years old. From Christianity to Islam this brilliant example of religious power of a building is simply magnificent. The site is amazingly strong crusted and engineered with material sourced as well as stolen from different parts of the globe. Built over an extremely short time frame due to stealing a major parts of the structure from other sites. Recommended!!!
Great Old Place to connect people from different backgrounds. This place is sacred and holy and should be a place of culture connections. Good job Turkey, Good Job Istanbul for maintaining this place for the entire world to see. Istanbul without any doubt is the binding Center between the east and the west. People can coexist as long as they ignore their differences and share the loving values of the community.
Once a Mosque now a museum, across a huge plaza/ park area where there are dozens of small carts selling delicious snacks and local tidbits, including corn on the cob and roasted chestnuts, and thousands of people going to and fro. The area was policed but the police were always in the background, not patrolling around but always vigilant and watching. Beware of people approaching asking if you have a minute! They are paid by carpet store owners to get you into their shops. One you show interest or, being polite, you stop and listen to the spiel, once they get your attention you’re done for. Be polite and say “No thank you” and walk away, quickly lol. As always, men keep your wallet in your front pocket with your hand in on top of it. The pick pockets in ANY country, love Americans on vacation. Cash loaded, in your back pocket you are an easy mark. Ladies, carry your Bag/purse over your shoulder and ALWAYS have you’re hand holding the strap and your elbow tucked in at the back where strap meets the purse, with the zipper closed. NEVER leave the zipper open, it’s an invite!!