From April 15th to October 30th, 9:00-19:00, October 30th - April 15th, 9:00-17:00, stop selling tickets 1 hour before closing. The first day of Ramadan is not open every year, and lesser bairam is only open for half a day.
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul
This majestic building is one of the famous one in Istanbul. I visited the place during the winter so the weather was not that good though we could still get nice blue sky. Last year the museum has been transformed back into a mosque but still there’s museum in it that you can get into. #wintergetaway
Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul - Turkey: Another place that we shouldn’t miss when visiting Istanbul. The place is gorgeous and charming with beautiful architecture. This place used to be a church but turned to be a mosque and now a museum. We can go thete by Hop on Hop off bus.
On the land of Europe, there is a very special city. It spans the Eurasian continent and controls the passage of the Black Sea. It has always been a battleground for the military. This city is the largest city in Turkey - Istanbul.
Byzantine lasted for more than a thousand years and built a large number of cultural monuments such as Hagia Sophia. This Christian church is famous for its dome. The
Saint Sophia Cathedral was built by Emperor Justinian I of the Roman Empire and has a history of nearly 1,500 years. The church was once the most important Christian cathedral in the Roman Empire and throughout the Western countries. It was the most splendid Christian church in the world for a long time and was not replaced by the Cathedral of Seville until 1519.
The Hagia Sophia has undergone several major destructions and reconstructions due to war and other reasons. The first church was destroyed in the early 5th century; the second church was completed on October 10, 415, at 532 The fire was destroyed in a fire caused by the card riot; the third church was built in the second church and was destroyed shortly after the earthquake. Some of the important buildings were destroyed by the earthquake, and the originality was restored after the restoration. The artistry was also obtained on the basis of the original. Upgrade.
St. Sophia Cathedral has a strange place that has been maintained, such as the iron frame under the dome has been in existence for more than 20 years since 1993.
In 1985, Hagia Sophia became a World Heritage Site and was a monument to the list earlier.
From the outside it is an imposing rectangular stone building with a huge dome. And entering the central hall of the church, although half of the space is being repaired, it will be shocked by the spacious, tall and beautifully decorated space inside the building. I feel that there is a super-strong gas field that makes you dare not speak loudly. The awe of the superior. Floors, walls, and columns are all colorful marbles, and the lines of the stones are all natural. The stigma, arches, cornices, etc. are decorated with carved flowers, and the altar is inlaid with ivory, silver and jade. Standing in the middle of the hall, looking up at the dome with Mohammed's Arabic gold plate and the higher part of the Madonna with the mosaic of Christ's mosaic, the natural cohabitation, the kind of touch from religion, than the world Any building on the building is moving. I think this is also the reason for those travelers from all over the world to enter the Church of St. Sophia anyway.
The Hagia Sophia Museum was originally an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the Byzantine Empire. Its construction began in 537 AD at the beginning of the Middle Ages and then converted into a mosque during occupation by the Ottoman Empire. It has now been secularized and converted into Turkey’s most visited museum, with preserved murals covering the plaster walls. Most have been restored to resemble their original appearance. The building is a true spectacle featuring the overlap of Christianity and Islam, and is a very special site well worth visiting.
The second floor cloister of the mosque overlooks the entire hall. Be sure to see the detailed mosaics above the gates of the grounds. The main hall of the Hagia Sophia is not to be missed to see and understand the grandeur of the entire property. Additionally, there have been altars and large discs preserved from the original church that are worth taking a look at.