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Hagia Sophia

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  • 3 hours
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A striking blend of Culture and Art

Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
A small cafe inside the premises for light eating snacks. Also, my personal recommendation, try this nearby restaurant called Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine. You can try their mouthwatering Lamb dishes and their Cheese pastry meze.
1) Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays so make sure you plan your trip accordingly.
2) One can also buy a collective museum pass which is available from outside the museum or online. Check out this link for more details . It is best to buy your tickets online to avoid the rush hours and save time, especially on weekends.
3) To avoid tremendously long queues, visit in the early hours of the day or late afternoon.
4) Also, there is no WC service inside the Museum, and it is only available at the cafe outside.
Ticket price 30 TL

A great historical place while visiting Istanbul, with a splendid art which portrays a mix of two cultures, Christianity and Islam. Dating back to the 5th century, it is considered as one of the most distinguished buildings in the world. Its intricate gold and mosaic artwork are sure to take your breath away.


At the entrance, tourists can take the services of a guide or an audio guide to understand one of the most significant buildings of the Byzantine architecture. There is also a video service played at the entrance, which gives out the fine details of the museum.


However, its lower level and upper level is currently open to public and some areas within the museum are under renovation. The upper level gives a majestic view of the interior dome covered in distinguished Urdu writings and the heavily patterned chandeliers suspended through the dome.

Opening hours

Tue to Sun from 9:00 - 19:00. Closed on Mondays

How to get there

The sight is right in the heart of city centre in the old Sultan Ahmet area. It is at a walking distance from major hotels. Right opposite to the Blue Mosque.