Haghia Sophia is one of the most popular places of Istanbul. It is also one of the most visited places in Turkey. The Hagia Sophia Museum is the largest Byzantine church in Istanbul. It was a church until the conquest of Istanbul. After the Conquest of 1453, it was turned into a mosque. Then, it was turned into a museum by Atatürk’s order in 1934.
“Sofia” word in the name of the building comes from the word “Sophos” which means “wisdom” in Greek. So, the name “Haghia Sofia” means “Sacred Wisdom” or “Divine Wisdom” It is accepeted as one of the God’s three qualities.
Who built Hagia Sophia?
Haghia Sophia was built by the Byzantine Emperor I Justinian in the old city center on the historical peninsula of Istanbul between 532 – 537 AD.
Hagia Sophia Visit Hours and Entry Fee
Summer Season Winter Season Cost (2017)
09:00 – 19:00 09:00 – 17:00 40 TL
Box office closing times is seasonal.
Entrance is closed at 18:00 in summer season and at 16:00 in winter season. You can follow the free entry list to Hagia Sophia on its own site. We cannot write them because they can change in a day.
Where is the Haghia Sophia Museum? How to get Haghia Sophia Museum?
By bus: First come to Eminönü. You can get to Hagia Sophia by train.
By Ferry: Take the tram to Kadıköy-Eminönü / Üsküdar-Eminönü ferry.
By tram: Get off at Gülhane and Sultanahmet stops using Bağcılar / Kabataş line
Parking Fee: Unfortunately there is no parking for the Hagia Sophia Museum.