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
The first stop in Istanbul begins with the most heart-warming church of Saint Sophia! In Istanbul, there are many museums to visit, including: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Harem, Archaeological Museum, Art Museum, Grand Palace Mosaic Museum, and Museum of Science and Technology. If you have a plan to stay in Istanbul for two days, or even a whole day to stay, you should walk around these museums. You can buy a museum pass for 85 lire and you can walk through all the museums with the pass within five days. For everyone, the ticket for the Hagia Sophia is 40 lira, the Topkapi Palace is 40 lire, and the harem is 25 lira. In other words: as long as you have plans to go to the first two large museums, it is recommended that you buy a pass, as it is affordable and saves on money.
Aya Sofya, across the street from the Blue Mosque, was built during the reign of the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian, when the Byzantine Empire was at its peak. After the fall of the Byzantine Empire, the Church of St. Sophia was transformed into a Turkish mosque dedicated to Allah. The Church of St. Sophia is a religious museum shared by Christians and Muhammad believers.
As one of the top ten most desirable churches in the world, the Church of St. Sophia has fully demonstrated the architectural excellence and has become the design template for the later Islamic mosque. The Virgin Mary above the dome. The murals of Jesus embraced the golden light.
There is also a Weeping Column in the church. Everyone has to put their thumbs into the hole and use it as the center. The rest of the fingers turn around and pray for health and peace.
There are beautiful chandeliers and murals, and there are a few mosaics of Byzantine period, which are important historical figures in the history of art. The Church of St. Sophia has two floors. The upper floor is not a stairway, but a sloping tunnel, which is very medieval.
Hagia Sophia is located in Istanbul, the capital of Turkey. It also has the same name in Harbin, China. However, this Hagia Sophia is a Byzantine building with nearly 1,500 years of history.
After being captured by the Ottomans, it became the Aya Sofia Mosque and later became a museum. It was also a fateful journey and was later named one of the world's cultural heritage.
Due to changes in all parties and poor maintenance, the church was seriously damaged and is still being repaired. I hope that such a beautiful church can be preserved. There are a lot of little black cats in
, like the elves in the church.
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.