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.
- Eminonu Transit IETT bus stop
- Ayasofya Konaklari
- Karakol Restaurant
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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
An impressive structure, towering over you like the weight of the centuries. I couldn't go inside the museum, as it was the weekend there were long queues of tourists both days. However, there was a side entrance to a few sultan tombs, which was free for the public and didn't seem to attract too many visitors. Photos are from the exterior of the tomb and Hagia Sophia. Definitely recommend to visit, even for a walk around!
Gorgeous well-known museum/church/mosque. Definitely worth standing in line to go in! The entrance is only 10e and once you're in, you know you paid for something breathtaking. It's worth going everywhere in and around because every square centimetre fills you with awe of the amazing artwork the people from the past took time and effort to create. The blend of ancient Byzantine art and Turkish islamic additions is something truly unique that everyone going to Istanbul needs to experience.
What place has surprised you the most? The Hagia Sophia in #Turkey is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in my travels. What was once a church, and then a mosque, is now a hodgepodge of different faiths and welcomes all to visit. This massive structure is currently an official museum, depicting Greek Orthodox frescoes and Arabic messages of faith and devotion, all under the same roof. It was built on 537 AD, and has withheld the test of time as an iconic landmark in #Istanbul. 🇹🇷
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 temple itself was so richly and artistically decorated that Justinian proclaimed, "Solomon, I have outdone thee!" (Νενίκηκά σε Σολομών). Justinian himself had overseen the completion of 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. Justinian's basilica was at once the culminating architectural achievement of late antiquity and the first masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. Its influence, both architecturally and liturgically, was widespread and enduring in the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Muslim worlds alike.
There are many intriguing things about this place as it was first a church and then a mosque. The art is fascinating as it's thousands of years old. When you buy a ticket it's best to buy the museum pass so you can go to all the historical places around that area. The pass costs 185 Turkish Lira.