Hagia SophiaCurrently 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, Family And Kids, 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.
- 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.
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 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.
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95% 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
If there's only one place you'll visit in Istanbul, let it be this. In fact, it's worth going to Turkey just to see this. Simply jaw dropping feeling when you enter it the first time. I've been here on three different occasions over the last 3 years and it fills me up with awe every single time. There aren't many places like this in the world. Just go and enjoy!
Wow, amazing, historic and beautiful. This is a place where religions and cultures have come together. There is a short wait to get in but well worth it. The museum is under renovation but that does not take away the enormity of the site and it's history. The wonderful Islamic art intermingled with the Christian church windows and art. Truly amazing, only in Turkey.
Definitely a must see. Fantastic architecture with so many fantastic sights and things to experience. Try to get there early to avoid the queues. Get the istanbul museum pass if you don't have one. You can use it for 5 days at numerous museums. This will also help to avoid queues later on at the other museums. I do recommend getting the audio guide if you are not joining a group. You will miss a lot of detail hidden inside if you don't get the audio guide
It is a museum, not a mosque anymore. Of course it shows a mixed character with Byzantine Christian features and Muslim adaptations alike. The mosaics with Jesus and Mary are of a serene beauty. The dome is impressive, in fact the whole building is awesome. The church must have been the center of the Christian world. It is clearly rightfully the top attraction in Istanbul. At this point in time a large portion is under reconstruction, but there remains enough that can be enjoyed.
Amazing place! I loved every corner of this museum! Huge and magnificent old building with amazing wall paintings and a place with a great history of course. Hagia Sophia Museum is a must see when you come in Istanbul. For sure I will visit it again when I come there!