The Hagia Sophia Museum is a church built in 532 by the command of Emperor Justinian. This structure, which was constructed with the destruction of a church in the same spot, was built in a short period of 6 years. After such a splendid construction in such a short time according the rumours say, Justinian shouted to Hagia Sophia and said, “Suleiman the Prophet I am superior than you now.”
Hagia Sophia, which is thought to have been built on the Temple of Artemis, is such a magnificent interior adornment with its mosaics and unique architecture. In addition, the interior section is also striking. Even with its interior architecture, it is known as one of the wonders of the world. The 33-meter-wide dome is 55.6 meters above the base. After the conquest of Istanbul, the building was transformed into a mosque and at that time 4 dome was added.
From 1934 till today, it is being used as a museum. Haghia Sophia Museum, which is one of the most tourists points of Istanbul, has survived many dangers throughout its history but has managed to survive. The motifs involved in the doctrine are told that Jesus and God are not the same, which is a reform for the Christian world. The museum carries impressive traces of both the Christian and Muslim worlds.
When visiting Istanbul, the first place that comes to mind is the Hagia Sophia Museum. The tomb of Sultan Selim can be seen outside the walls. The Mahmoud I. Library on the inside is also very interesting. The reading process and the book portion are separate, the library’s wall processes are in the nature of art. There is also a bronze column carved in the middle of the museum. Over time, the sacred pillars were named Dilek Sutunu.
Hagia Sophia Museum Visiting Information
Address: Hagia Sophia Square, Sultanahmet Square, Fatih / Istanbul
Arrival: You can reach here by tram from Gülhane or Sultanahmet stops. If you are in a place where you can not reach by direct tram, first you have to come to Eminönü and get there from there.
Visiting Hours: Haghia Sophia Museum, according to the winter season, last entry to the museum is 16.00 and between 09.00-17.00 hours; In the summer , the last entrance to the museum is between 09.00-19.00. The Museum Card can be obtained from museum stores.
Entry Fees: The entrance fee is 40 Lira.
Note: Entrance fees and visit times may vary periodically. Please check the website for updated information.