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This magnificent Byzantine church turned Ottoman mosque was made a museum in 1935 by Kemal Ataturk, the father of the Turkish Republic. It's one of Istanbul's proudest icons, so here are five things that shaped this showcase of Christian and Islamic Empires.
The grand church was converted to a mosque after the Ottoman conquest in 1453. However, the site has also been home to two previous churches and a Pagan temple!
Justinian I strained the breadth of his Empire to have the Hagia Sophia built in 537. On its completion he's said to have proudly boasted, "Oh Solomon, I have surpassed thee!"
Not making it to Jerusalem, the Venetian-led Fourth Crusaders instead took Constantinople. Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice still houses many of the spoils!
As well as being sacked in the Fourth Crusade, the Hagia Sophia's heavy dome has collapsed several times due to earthquakes. It wasn't completely stabilized until 1859!
The Hagia Sophia became a mosque in 1453, when the Ottomans seized Constantinople. Its many alterations included the erection of minarets and the purging of Christian iconography.
You can visit the Hagia Sophia between the hours of 9:00AM and 7:00PM from April 15th to September 31st, and between 9:00AM and 5:00PM from October 1st to April 14th. It is closed in the early days of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha. Book tickets in advance to avoid the queues!
The Hagia Sophia is just a short walk from the Sultanahment metro and tram stops. Close to many of Istanbul's historic attractions, it's also covered on most city walking tours!
- When to visit9:00AM to 5:00PM in the winter, 9:00AM to 7:00PM in the summer. Check holiday schedules to avoid closures.
- What is the price?The ticket price is 30 TRY, which is roughly $11.
- Will I need a guide?It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
- How to get thereTake the metro or tram to the Sultanahment stop.
- Additional tips
- Book tickets in advance to avoid the queues!
What People Are Saying About Hagia Sophia
A great service and the Guide was outstanding, knowledgeable and very flexible. Will use the service again, and if back in the same location (Istanbul and surrounding area) will work with same guide.
Experienced guide, knowledgeable with the history of each location. Very good English language communication skills. Managed and tracked the time to stick to schedule. I would highly recommend friends and family to book online through GetYourGuide. We made sure to request for an English speaking guide and it was provided. Other languages were also available. We had expedited track lines whereby, the tickets were immediately used to enter rather than wait in ques, which is an asset in Turkey for all the touristic sites whereby others were waiting in line. Pick-up and drop-off were coordinated in advance when we contacted the number provided in the reservation. Bus was air-conditioned and clean. I hope everyone gets the same experience when trying GetYourGuide services. Good luck.
We had an awesome day. The tour started punctually. We got to visit all the places that were advertised. The guide knew very well everything and helped us with other things we needed and wanted to visit. We had a great lunch. So far the best we have had. Would totally recommend again.
I loved everything about the tour. Mehmet was an great guide, knowledgeable about history and about the small details of the city. The tour took us all around the area and we got to see how beautiful the city is and how rich it is in history and culture. I recommend it!
Our tour guide was great. She was very informative and also gave us time needed to explore on our own. Very helpful