Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
About Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Sultanahmet Mh., Ayasofya Meydanı, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Ticket Price: 30 TRY
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
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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.
Hagia Sophia Information
- 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 Ticket Prices
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 Opening and Closing 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 by Public Transport
- Eminonu Transit IETT bus stop
Restaurants Near Hagia Sophia
- Ayasofya Konaklari
- Karakol Restaurant
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Hagia Sophia was Turkey's most visited tourist attraction. Hagia Sophia is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. Its interior is decorated with mosaics and marble pillars and coverings of great artistic value. The greatest cathedral ever built up to that time, and it was to remain the largest cathedral for 1,000 years up until the completion of the cathedral in Seville in Spain.Wonder of the world.The church was richly decorated with mosaics throughout the centuries. They either depicted the Virgin Mother, Jesus, saints, or emperors and empresses. Other parts were decorated in a purely decorative style with geometric patterns.Because of its long history as both a church and a mosque, a particular challenge arises in the restoration process. A must see.
The museum is magnificent with a long and interesting history. However, it was under extensive renovation and covered with scaffolding and sheets when we visited. There wasn't much to see and it was almost impossible to take a good photograph. We finished our visit in 30 minutes and didn't feel it was worth the 40 lira entrance fee. It would have been fairer for the museum to offer discounted tickets if it was under renovations.
Beautiful Museum! Hagia Sophia was first constructed as a Church and was then converted into a Mosque. Great to see the different symbols of both religions come together in one place. The architecture is amazing as well as the Arabic calligraphy. Queues can get quite long so it does help to have the Museum pass when visiting this site. A part of the inside is also currently undergoing renovations but one can still experience the total effects of the building. Really does help to read up a little on the history of the place before visiting.
One of the city's most popular tourist attractions, what you should know before visit it: - It was constructed between 532 and 537 on the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. - In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by Ottoman Empire, and the church was converted into a mosque. - Currently, it is under remodeling, and you will see a lot of workers and ladders inside the museum. - It is included in Museum Pass, but also you can get a single ticket by 40 liras. - It is a place that impress at first look, but, at the end, you still have a taste for more. - It is overcrowed ever single day, try during the week, early morning or lunch time. - good views in the second floor. I recommend visit this place.
Hagia Sophia is a 7000 square meter building that houses history of over 1700 years ago. It shows how great buildings were made in times that technology was not as far as it is now, where buildings can be set up in no time. Breathtaking marble pillars that are way bigger than you can ever imagine. Candles as tall and big as street lighting. It is a place worth visiting if history makes you go wow.
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