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Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) Tours

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Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya)
Built in 532 as the world’s largest place of worship, the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) shifts its identity with the times but never loses its grandeur. Converted from a church to a mosque during the Ottoman era and becoming a museum in 1935, the pink-hued Old City building is one of Istanbul’s don’t-miss attractions.

The Basics
Turkey’s magnificent Hagia Sophia is a riot of swooping domes and mismatched minarets added throughout its long life. The lofty interior is a soaring sequence of domed and arched spaces, centering on the shell-like apse and the massive dome, which seems to float unsupported and gives the church its amazing sense of space. Work continues to uncover the golden Christian mosaics and colorful frescoes from the Byzantine era, which were plastered over by the Ottomans.
 
Tours often allow you to skip the long lines with a guide, and many Istanbul excursions combine the Hagia Sophia Museum with other sights in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet neighborhood, including the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, and Basilica Cistern.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Hagia Sophia is a must-visit for history and architecture buffs, and all first-time visitors to Istanbul.
  • Restoration work is ongoing in the Hagia Sophia, so expect scaffolding and some obstructed views and access.
  • The best view of the lofty interior is from the upstairs gallery.
  • Save time by booking a skip-the-line tour to avoid the long lines.
 
How to Get There
The Hagia Sophia is in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet neighborhood, just across the way from the Blue Mosque and close to Topkapi Palace. It is minutes away from the Sultanahmet tram stop and is also easily accessible by taxi. Parking is limited in the Sultanahmet neighborhood, so taxi or tram is the most convenient option.
 
When to Get There
The Hagia Sophia is a busy attraction, so try to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds. It’s open seven days a week, even during most of the major national and religious Turkish holidays, with a few exceptions. Closing hours are extended between April and October.
 
Art in the Hagia Sophia
The Hagia Sophia has impressive frescoes and spectacular mosaics that depict Christian scenes. Admire the golden mosaics, including Constantine the Great presents Constantinople and Justinian the Great presents Hagia Sophia to the Virgin, probably from the 10th century, and others depicting Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Notice the colorful cherubim frescoes that the decorate the domed ceiling.
Address: Aya Sofya Meydani, Istanbul 34357, Turkey
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Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque&Hippodrome Guided Tours Everyday /No que / No line!

Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque&Hippodrome Guided Tours Everyday /No que / No line!

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With this Tour u can Skip all the lines And u May learn about the amazing history of the İstanbul During the Tour u May ask any questions Our team Will be ready for your all requieres
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  • 4 hours
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Visit Istanbul Hagia Sophia - One of the World's Greatest Monuments

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Visit Istanbul Hagia Sophia - One of the World's Greatest Monuments

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Do you want to enjoy the flexibility of being able to visit Hagia Sophia Museum at any time? You are at the right place... Mid of July 2020 Turkey converted Hagia Sophia into a mosque and the Turkish Presidency announced that the mosque would continue to be open to all visitors, regardless of faith or nationality. Visitors can visit Hagia Sophia without paying an entrance fee. By general consensus, it is the most important Byzantine structure and one of the world’s great monuments. Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) is one of the most significant monuments in the entire history of architecture. It is one of the most-visited museum in all of Turkey, receiving 10,000 visitors in average per day and 3.000.000 visitors yearly. We highly recommend that you don’t miss to visit Hagia Sophia. It is open every day and the best time to visit is between 09.00 - 12.00.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Just Hagia Sophia Tour /Skip The Lines

Just Hagia Sophia Tour /Skip The Lines

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With this tour you can skip the que.You can learn about the Hagia Sophia with our Professional Tour Guide Hagia Sophia Ticket Meeting Point : The tour starts at the right in front of the Hagia Sophia. Our guide will greet you with the GULLİVER TOUR’S Flag Hours : The approximate duration is 45 minutes Everyday :10:00 ,12:00,14:00,16:00
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  • 1 hour
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Istanbul: Hagia Sophia VIP Tickets

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia VIP Tickets

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Arguably the most popular historical attraction in the city, you can spend upwards of an hour waiting outside the Hagia Sophia to purchase your ticket. Make the most of your limited time in Istanbul with skip-the-line admission. Come to the museum at your chosen time and get essential information from a guide. Then you’re free to zoom past the long queue and discover the impressive building independently.
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  • 1 hour
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Skip the Line: Hagia Sophia Museum Admission Ticket with English Speaking Guide

Skip the Line: Hagia Sophia Museum Admission Ticket with English Speaking Guide

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The Hagia Sophia, with its stunning gold mosaics dating back to Byzantine times, is one of the world’s most visited museums. Save time spent waiting in entrance queues with these pre-booked admission tickets, guaranteeing direct access into the monument known as the “eighth wonder of the world.” Admire centuries-old architectural flourishes, and learn about its history as a church and mosque. Pick up your tickets from a centrally located office in advance.
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  • 45 minutes
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US$34.55
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VIP Istanbul Combo Ticket: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Baslica Cistern

VIP Istanbul Combo Ticket: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Baslica Cistern

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Experience Istanbul like a pro, when you buy a skip-the-line combination ticket for the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Basilica Cistern. Upon arrival at each location, your guide escorts you past the long queue for fast entrance. After a brief overview, you’re ready to explore at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to see the three world-famous attractions in any order that works for you. (Note: Cistern admission at 11am only.)
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Istanbul Welcome Card Premium

Istanbul Welcome Card Premium

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The city where east meets west, Istanbul has a lot to offer every kind of traveler, but this also means it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. With this package, make the most of Istanbul from day one with a city guide, local discounts and an evening sunset cruise. Enjoy your included tour of the Hagia Sophia with a guide familiar with this site's dynamic history.
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  • 7 days
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istanbul half city tour

istanbul half city tour

Istanbul half city tour with guide .Private tour included hagia sofia musuem,basilica cistern,blue mosque.Skip lines . icludes:museum tickets
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  • 3 hours
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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Experience Istanbul’s timeless sights on a full-day tour of the city’s stunning historic places. Listen for the ancient echoes of pounding hooves and charioteers at Hippodrome Square and spot the distinctive tiles of the Blue Mosque. See the Byzantine mosaics and minarets of Hagia Sophia, then follow in the footsteps of powerful sultans, courtiers, and generals at Topkapi Palace. Finish your tour in the vibrant Grand Bazaar, browsing bright displays of handicrafts, carpets, and souvenirs.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

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Fit all of Istanbul's attractions at the top of your bucket list into one packed day, with the help of an expert local guide. Stroll Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, brimming with iconic buildings and storied streets. Tour the Blue Mosque, one of the most important sites in the Muslim world. Delve into history of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Istanbul Hippodrome as well as the 'sunken palace' of Basilica Cistern. And you won’t want to miss the and the bustling Grand Bazaar or savory 3-course lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$90.00
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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

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Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history, and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this 1-, 2-, or 3-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname, and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. Tour Topkapi Palace to gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Experience the finest attractions in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district during this private, guided day tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Marvel at these famous monuments alongside your expert guide who will give you individual attention on this private voyage.
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  • 8 hours
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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar

Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar

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See the sights of Istanbul on a half-day tour that takes in the city’s famous historical landmarks and cultural sites. See Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Entrance fees are included, as is hotel pickup and drop-off for your convenience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Istanbul Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque

Small-Group Istanbul Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque

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Behold the magnificent Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque on this 3.5-hour small-group guided walking tour of Istanbul’s best monuments. You will delve into the complex culture of Istanbul as you discover its famous monuments intertwined history. Not only will you see the beauty of Hagia Sophia Museum and Blue Mosque, but explore the Hippodrome of Constantinople and the German Fountain. People are limited to 15 on this tour, so you can receive more personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours 20 minutes to 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Imperial Istanbul Half-Day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Basillica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

Imperial Istanbul Half-Day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Basillica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

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Venture to imperial monuments rich with history and discover the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar during this half-day guided tour in Istanbul. Gaze at the Hagia Sophia’s massive columns and dome during a visit to one of the world’s largest basilicas and most popular museums in Turkey. This tour will take you underground to Basilica Cistern which was once the backbone of the Great Palace of Constantinople. Enjoy a trip to the Grand Bazaar where you can barter for souvenirs and feel the pulse of one of the oldest and largest covered markets on the planet.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$55.00
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Istanbul Small-Group Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar

Istanbul Small-Group Walking Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar

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Head back in time and discover the old world of the Sultanahmet area during this full-day small-group guided walking tour in Istanbul. This tour explores the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque which exemplify why Istanbul is the city where east meets west. Enjoy a walk through the famous Topkapi Palace where Sultan's roamed and harems flourished. Plus, spend time observing the Hagia Irene’s Byzantine architecture and stroll through the Grand Bazaar to witness handicrafts created by local artists.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

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Explore the fascinating history of Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar during this half-day privately guided tour of imperial Istanbul. Discover the ancient church, former mosque and now internationally famous museum, the Hagia Sophia. This tour will wind you through the Grand Bazaar where you can haggle for Turkish treasures and then take you 500 feet below ground into the historic Basilica Cistern where a James Bond once thwarted evil plans.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$100.27
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Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour

Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour

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The Hagia Sophia is one of Istanbul’s most popular attractions, with the lines to match. Shave off potentially hours of wait time on this skip-the-line guided tour, which lets you jump to the front of the queue for an in-depth introduction to the 1500-year-old Orthodox church-turned-mosque—now a must-see museum.
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  • 1 hour
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Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

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Discover the mighty monuments of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, as you journey through Istanbul’s vibrant past on this full-day small-group tour by luxury minivan. Explore the infamous harem and dazzling treasury of Topkapi Palace; stand in awe beneath the magnificent dome of Hagia Sophia; and learn how the Hippodrome was once used for chariot races. With numbers limited to 12, you’ll enjoy personalised attention from your guide, who can help you haggle for souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar, or offer insight into religious traditions as you visit the Blue Mosque.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$75.00
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Private Half Day Shore Excursion: Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar From Istanbul

Private Half Day Shore Excursion: Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar From Istanbul

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Make the most of your time at the Port of Istanbul with a 4-hour, private shore excursion to the city’s most iconic sites. Visit Hippodrome Square, where charioteers and horsemen competed for thousands of cheering Byzantines, then explore the exquisite interior of the Blue Mosque. See the slender minarets and domes, gleaming mosaics and frescoes in Hagia Sophia, a stunning example of Byzantine art and architecture. Finish your tour at the sprawling Grand Bazaar, and get insider advice on finding carpets, handicrafts and souvenirs at thousands of stalls.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$40.00
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US$40.00
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Hagia Sophia tour & Fast track

Hagia Sophia tour & Fast track

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Meet with your professional local guide in front of Hagia Sophia and Skip the very long line . . Listen a short history of the Old City then start the Hagia Sophia Tour. . Hagia Sophia museum is The mid point of cultures and religions , the place was used as a Church for 916 years and than turned into a Mosque for 481 years and now a museum ... one can be amazed by the beauty of this wonderful building ... Skip the line and enter the magnificent Hagia Sophia, which is the world’s largest place of worship, built by Emperor Justinian in 532 AD. Enjoy a guided tour inside and see the tallest dome of the largest Christian church in the world.
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  • 40 minutes
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Skip the Line: Hagia Sophia plus Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

Skip the Line: Hagia Sophia plus Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

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Explore the bustling Grand Bazaar and save time with skip-the-line access to top attraction Hagia Sophia on this half-day small-group guided tour in Istanbul. Bypass the long queues at Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO-listed monument, and learn about the history of this former church and mosque. Ogle mosaics and gaze up at the its dome structure, an engineering marvel. Then, take the pulse of the Grand Bazaar, a bustling covered market with over 4,000 shops and stalls. Learn the bargaining ropes from your guide, and then peruse through countless tapestries, antiques and souvenir stalls. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people, creating a more personalized experience with your guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Istanbul Ottoman Relics Tour: Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Sultan Tombs

Istanbul Ottoman Relics Tour: Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Sultan Tombs

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Uncover the past of Ottoman sultans on this 3-hour guided tour of Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Sultan Tombs in Istanbul. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of sultans as you discover their home for four centuries, Topkapi Palace. Within these storied chambers and courtyards learn about its history that’s brimming with scandals and executions. You will see the palace’s Treasury where holy relics, robes, jewels and other priceless artifacts are kept. Then, head to Hagia Sophia and visit the extravagant mausoleums to see the tombs of five sultans.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Basilica Cistern - Blue Mosque - Spice Market

Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Basilica Cistern - Blue Mosque - Spice Market

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Discover the highlights of Sultanahmet, Istanbul's historic 'old town' on this half-day walking tour. Join your guide for a curated Istanbul experience, and avoid common Sultanahmet experiences like getting lost or being targeted by aggressive touts. Learn all about storied sites like the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern from your English-speaking guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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3-Day Small-Group Istanbul Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace

3-Day Small-Group Istanbul Tour: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace

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Take in Istanbul’s headline acts and enjoy plenty of free time to explore independently on this 3-day tour, including accommodation and airport transfers. With a maximum of 14 on this small-group tour, you’ll enjoy personal attention from your guide as you visit sights like the Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace on a full-day city tour. Spend time strolling around the stunning Hagia Sophia; admire the dazzling interiors of the Blue mosque and shop for souvenirs in the maze-like Grand Bazaar. 
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  • 3 days
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US$291.85
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Hagia Sophia Tour with Historian Guide

Hagia Sophia Tour with Historian Guide

Discover the Hagia Sophia with a historian guide, enjoy priority entry with and official Hagia Sophia licensed guide and learn about the history of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Highlights: ▶ Explore with a Local Historian Guide ▶ See all mosaics, galleries and details inside ▶ Get to know the story of the buildings history Enjoy and learn about the beautiful Hagia Sophia, which was once a church, then a mosque, a museum and now again a mosque. With your local expert guide you will have a detailed look at the architecture, mosaics, construction, the imperial dome, galleries and the decoration from the past and today that tell the story of the Hagia Sophia. After this tour you will know what Hagia Sophia, Constantinople and Istanbul has been about in the last 15 centuries. The Hagia Sophia is the most important Istanbul attraction and visiting this spiritual place is one of the essential things to do in Istanbul.
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  • 1 hour
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Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Private Tour

Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Private Tour

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Tick off two of Istanbul's most renowned landmarks on this private, double-duty tour, which makes stops at the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Enjoy a half-day of in-depth sightseeing with your own personal guide, covering the highlights without the crowds. Tours include stops for a sampling of tasty treats along the way.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Private Tour -Istanbul In A Day & Skip The Line At Hagia Sophia & Topkapı Palace

Private Tour -Istanbul In A Day & Skip The Line At Hagia Sophia & Topkapı Palace

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See some of Istanbul's top sights on this day tour to Hagia Sophia Museum, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. With a guide, you'll learn about the city's long history, from its days as Byzantium and Constantinople.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$178.68
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Virtual Tour of Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia

Virtual Tour of Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia

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The best place to see the cultural transformation of Istanbul is Hagia Sophia. Discover how this beautiful landmark has changed throughout the years. From being the biggest Catholic church in the world to later being turned into a mosque by the Ottomans. Hagia Sophia now welcomes its visitors virtually as a museum full of cultural gems. Istanbul has been a cultural melting pot for centuries and most of the cultures that once reign the city left their marks: from beautiful monuments and stunning religious establishments. And here's where the Blue Mosque come to play. If there’s a mosque that portrays the beliefs and the beauty of the Muslim culture of Istanbul, it’s the Blue Mosque. Are you ready to explore it?
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour ( 9:00am and 2:00pm )

Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Half Day Tour ( 9:00am and 2:00pm )

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Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace are two of the city’s unmissable cultural and historic sites. Focusing on these two places will allow you to concentrate on their beauty and unique histories at leisure, without rushing on to other sites. Save time by skipping the lines with priority access, definitely a bonus whether it’s your first time in Istanbul or you’re a repeat visitor.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Hagia Sophia Tour Skip The Line Guided Tour

Hagia Sophia Tour Skip The Line Guided Tour

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Save valuable vacation time in Istanbul by booking this skip-the-line tour of the Hagia Sophia. Breeze past the often-long entry lines at this must-see Istanbul attraction to purchase your pass and get started exploring with your guide. Learn about the ancient history and impressive architecture through guided commentary in a 45-minute tour, then feel free to hang out as long as you like exploring on your own.
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  • 45 minutes
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Hagia Sophia Basilica Museum - Guided Museum visit

Hagia Sophia Basilica Museum - Guided Museum visit

Hagia Sophia is the former Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral, later an Ottoman imperial mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. Built in 537 AD at the beginning of the Middle Ages, it was famous in particular for its massive dome. It was the world's largest building and an engineering marvel of its time. It is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture”. The Hagia Sophia construction consists of mostly masonry. The structure is composed of brick and mortar joint that are 1.5 times the width of the bricks. The mortar joints are composed of a combination of sand and minute ceramic pieces displaced very evenly throughout the mortar joints. This combination of sand and ceramic pieces could be considered to be the equivalent of modern concrete at the time.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 582 Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) costs USD 1.19. Guided Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) tours start around USD 1.19 per person. See all 582 Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) tickets and tours on Viator.
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