Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia (or Ayasofia) is one of the most valued and visited touristic attractions in Istanbul tourism. Hagia Sophia is located in the Fatih district where most of the Istanbul touristic attractions are. The uniqueness of this building is because of its history. The Hagia Sophia, which means Holy Wisdom, was first build by the Byzantine Empire in the year 360. This was the very first church and unfortunately nothing remains of this church since the it gor burned in 532. Even though, the Hagia Sophia was (re)build in 415.

The current church, Ayasofya, has been build with materials brought from all over the world. When the Ottomans concurred Constantinople in 1453, they converted the city to islam and Istanbul was born. Moreover, the church became a mosque. You can imagine the beauty of this building when you combine these different cultures and their styles. This is why the Hagia Sophia is one of the most visited  touristic attractions in Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia Istanbul

Hagia Sophia Istanbul

Useful details

Opening hours: Everyday except Mondays
Visiting hours Summer: 15th April – 1st October from 09.00 – 19.00 (ticket sale till 18:00)
Visiting hours Winter:  1st October – 15th April from 09.00 – 17.00 (ticket sale till 16:00
Special Days: Hagia Sophia Museum is not available for visiting in the first days of Ramadan and Sacrifice Festivals for half time.

Tickets sale: 1 hour before closing
Ticket price: 25 TL 

Official site: http://www.ayasofyamuzesi.gov.tr/

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