Hagia Sophia
Istanbul

Hagia Sophia tickets and tours

Known for its massive dome, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is a former Greek Eastern Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral. After this it was an Otto...

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Guided Tour
Walking tours

Discover the Sultan Ahmet Center, the heart of the Old City and visit the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, the Grand Covered Bazaar an...

Duration
8 hours
Available in: English
Walking tours

Marvel at the majestic architecture of the Hagia Sophia as you’re guided through its beautiful interiors. Known as the Church of Divine Wisd...

Duration
4 hours
Available in: English
Walking tours

Discover the Sultan Ahmet Center, the heart of the Old City and visit the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, the Grand Covered Bazaar an...

Duration
8 hours
Available in: English
Walking tours

During this day in Istanbul, you will visit the most important places of the city, in a small group accompanied by a licensed English speaki...

Duration
8 hours
Available in: English
Cruises and boat tours

Your guide will come to pick you up from your hotel in central Istanbul to take you to the most important monuments of Istanbul, such as the...

Duration
10 hours
Available in: English
Attraction passes

Choose between three different card-options to discover Istanbul and its charme. Deluxe Card (7 days) - Fast track entry with a museum pass...

Validity
Flexible
Available in: English
History & heritage tours

Enter the Hagia Sophia without standing in a queue and enjoy a 30 minutes introduction-tour of an official Hagia Sophia licensed guide, who ...

Validity
Flexible
Available in: English
Museums

Learn about the beautiful Hagia Sophia, which was once a church, then a mosque and now a museum. With one of the few historian guides availa...

Duration
1 hour
Available in: English

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The inside story

Known for its massive dome, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is a former Greek Eastern Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral. After this it was an Ottoman imperial mosque and, in these days, used as a museum. This beautiful marvel blends elements from its Christian and Islamic heritage, creating a truly unique place to visit.

The Hagia Sophia was built in its present form in A.D. 537 by the Byzantine Empire at the beginning of the middle ages and remained an Eastern orthodox cathedral for 916 years. After the Ottoman conquest in 1453, it was transformed into a mosque, which it remained for 482 years. In 1935, the building was transformed into a museum by order of the Turkish President.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul, The Hagia Sophia still showcases features of both Christian and Islamic architecture and remains an important place of significance to both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

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How to get there

Hagia Sophia Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Istanbul
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