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Hagia Sophia Museum

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Business Hours

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.

Address

Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul
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About Hagia Sophia Museum

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.
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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.
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The Hagia Sophia is an opulent structure comprised of different architectural styles. It was once the central church and the crowning jewel of the Byzantine Empire. Many exquisite mosaic murals can be seen in the main sanctuary of the original church. The magnificent main sanctuary of the church, as well as the nine doors leading to the center are a sight to behold. The Hagia Sophia in later history was transformed into a mosque by the Ottoman Empire rulers. From the iconic mosque dome and minarets to the courtyards and hallways you can see the general additions to the Hagia Sophia through its history.
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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul
These are the places that you must visit near Hagia Sophia Museum: Caferaga Madrasa - Handicrafts Center, Caferaga Medresesi, Carpet And Kilim Museum, Haymatlos, Aya Irini

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