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Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) Tours and Activities

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Istanbul Super Saver: Small-Group City Sightseeing Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

Istanbul Super Saver: Small-Group City Sightseeing Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

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Discover the enchanting city of Istanbul on this convenient two-in-one tour that saves you 10% off the normal price. By combining two of Istanbul’s best-selling tours, you’re guaranteed to see the best of this historic city in one convenient trip. Don’t miss sites like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Take advantage of some time on your own to explore, then savor a 4-course Turkish dinner and with belly dancing and live traditional Turkish folk music.
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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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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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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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Skip The Line: Istanbul Shore Excursion (PRIVATE TOUR)

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Tick through Istanbul’s highlights without transport hassles or getting lost, and with a guide to reveal their history on this small-group full-day tour. Admire and hear tales of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome that you’d probably miss alone, and clearly hear the guide’s commentary with numbers limited to just 10. Plus, enjoy an included authentic Turkish lunch—an extra you might skip if exploring independently.
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Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern 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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