Photo of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) in Istanbul, Is, TR
Photo of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) in Istanbul, Is, TR
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)54.5
hagia sophia • restoration work • awe inspiring • amazing building

Ayasofya Square
Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, TR
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  • Photo of Mohamed El Masry
    4 months ago
    2nd day
  • Photo of Wassal Al Malki
    2 years ago
    First day
  • Photo of Citymaps
    2 years ago
    You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a scene from 101 Nights in Istanbul: Towering minarets, narrow winding streets, and stunning mosaics are nestled alongside Western-style shops and restaurants, and visitors can stroll through ancient palaces and markets. Take in stunning Byzantine art and architecture at Aya Sofya, one of the world’s largest religious monuments. Walk through rose gardens and tour a former sultan’s Harem at Topkapi Palace.
  • Photo of Nic Brown
    2 years ago
    The Hagia Sophia, whose name means “holy wisdom,” is an architectural beauty. In its 1400 year life span, it has served as a cathedral, a mosque, and now a museum. One of the most breathtaking buildings I have ever seen.
  • Photo of Kiki Sterke
    3 years ago
    Niet op maandag
  • Photo of MehmetSabuncu
    5 months ago
    Hagia Sophia is an incredible place in multitude of ways and it has always managed keep being a holy site for many civilisations, throughout many ages. Before it was the museum known as Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom), it was a mosque built by the orders of several sultans in Ottoman Empire, and before it was a mosque it was known as Megale Ekklesia (the biggest orthodox church constructed by the Byzantine Empire). When it was first built, it was named as Big Church; however, after the fifth century, it was referred to as the Sancta Sophia. The church was the place in which rulers were crowned, and it was also the biggest operational cathedral in the city throughout the Byzantine period. In the Ottoman period, this magnificent church of Orthodoxy made an intimidating impression on the new Ottoman sultans and they've decided to convert it into a mosque. Finally in 20th century Republic of Turkey's government has taken the decision to turn it into a museum which everyone can visit. This stunning work of architecture has also seen many great natural disasters (due to Istanbul being located on North Anatolian Fault) but managed to stay intact for centuries. It is not just a museum but also an incredible work of art with too much history in it. Definitely a must see if you are ever in Istanbul.
  • Photo of Taiwo O
    5 months ago
    I went on a random weekday so it wasn't too crowded but it really is a gorgeous GORGEOUS site! Definitely a must do.
  • Photo of Rey B
    5 months ago
    This place is amazing. My friend was taking a photo and apparently had a paranormal experience. He heard his name being called and the spirit touched him. He thought it was me but I was in a different room.
  • Photo of Robin v
    5 months ago
    Entrance to the mosque is free of charge. You can borrow clothing (free of charge as well) when you're not properly dressed. We spent less than an hour in the mosque. Make sure not to visit the mosque during prayer. It will be closed for visitors.
  • Photo of carinefombrun
    5 months ago
    Spent a lovely time visiting HaGia Sophia. We had a very good guide who spoke well and generally has a good grasp of the subject at hand. He articulated well and had great presence.
  • Photo of Darya A
    5 months ago
    Absolutely amazing place where two major religion came together! This is a must see in Istanbul! I would recommend to take a guide at the entrance as we did. He shortly told a story and pointed on the things to pay attention at.
  • Photo of kristyrebecca
    5 months ago
    lovely to see from the outside but even more amazing inside. this does have an entrance fee but most definitely worth it. there are historical facts placed around the building and beautiful murals inside.
  • Photo of Jacob P
    5 months ago
    I don't believe there is anybody more knowledgeable than Metin (+90 533 322 00 85) our tour guide on the history of turkey and the culture. He was able to help us find everything that we were looking for in the city plus elaborate explanations how the city came to be. Embodying the true Turkish spirit. Every bit of this exploration was magical. Hagia Sophia exceeded all expectations, what a magnificent site to behold.
  • Photo of yassin A
    5 months ago
    the place is very maintained and kept in excellent condition, it's better to have an audio guide instead of a tour guide ( more convenient)
  • Photo of Hint_of_Pepper
    5 months ago
    We saw Sultanahmet mosque first and so the Hagia Sophia was underwhelming from an architecture point of view. However when you bear in mind that this is over a thousand years older that did put this in context. Also you can see the influence this had on the designs of the imperial mosques. Historically a very important building without doubt. A massive shame that there was a huge scaffold covering up the disc with the name of Ali RA. Be wary of people trying to fleece you by asking you to pay them for a tour. Some of the so called guides inside were rewriting history from what I overheard! Plus I don't feel that a guide of this sort was required, could easily read up before visiting so that you know what to look for.
  • Photo of Jason D
    5 months ago
    Iconic spot so important to western and eastern civilization . The mixture of Islamic and Christian influence is not to be found elsewhere.
  • Photo of jcook5
    5 months ago
    The line to get into the building was slightly long, but it was worth the wait. The inside is beautiful. I enjoyed the mixture of art and history throughout. I felt very moved by the fact that this building has meant so much through different empires and many years. I would like to return to see it again.
  • Photo of a_vika
    5 months ago
    This building was around for centuries. it worth to see it and feel the atmosphere which will give you an unforgettable experience.
  • Photo of Hasyim80
    5 months ago
    Great Monument to visit, beautiful architecture Othman Empire n Islamic History. Must include in your visit
  • Photo of A TripAdvisor Member
    It is so nice and beautiful palace. I loved it so much , when move inside you can see that , there is a great history was there
  • Photo of Travejnk
    5 months ago
    It's beautiful from outside. You can see how a church was converted into a mosque. The extra development and additions the ottomans added are clear and have their beauty. It was average inside, especially if you compare it to the grandeur of Russian orthodox churches which I've seen a few months before. On the basis that both inside and outside it doesn't come anywhere near beauty of Russian churches I have to give it a 3 stars. Worth the visit though.
  • Photo of Rami M
    5 months ago
    Constructed as a Greek Orthodox church between 532 AD and 537 AD, later an imperial mosque, and is now a museum. The architecture is amazing, and the Christian & Islamic art on the walls and ceilings are extremely beautiful and breathtaking. Note: I visited the place in August 2009
  • Photo of Aasim H
    5 months ago
    Stunning architecture in this museum, but besides walking around staring at the hall. Nothing much else to do. Can be done quickly.
  • Photo of naznas
    5 months ago
    The fact that you can walk through a building thats been there for ages is just an unforgettable experience. Pay attention to the details and construction. Just magnificent!
  • Photo of Mazen R
    5 months ago
    You can feel the history in this holy place , half church half mosque.. too crowded on Fridays .. I love it

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