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Hagia Sophia Museum
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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
Phone: +90-212-5221750 +90-212-5220989
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Introduction

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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