As a 916-year Byzantine church, a 482-year Ottoman mosque and a museum from 1935 to date, Hagia Sophia is in the UNESCO’s world heritage site list since 1985. While its characteristic reflecting the Christian and Islamic influences, it has become a unique architectural masterpiece of Eastern and Western art. Its formidable dimensions and giant main dome made Hagia Sophia world’s biggest cathedral almost a thousand years and a model for some other Ottoman mosques.
Having amazing past, engineering secrets, a great dome, mysterious mosaics, decorative marble columns, calligraphic panes, tiles, minarets, astonishing designs and more, Hagia Sophia is a must see historical monument in Istanbul.
Generally, the Hagia Sophia museum is closed on Mondays, however it is open every day to visit from 01/04/2017 to 31/10/2017. (not available on the first days of Ramadan – Eid ul-Fitr and Sacrifice – Eid al-Adha Festivals for half time)
Visiting hours for Hagia Sophia is;
– winter period, 25 October – 15 April, from 09:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry at 4:00 pm)
As of 2017, entrance fee is 40 TL, it is free for foreign children 12 years or younger. Tickets are available at the door or you can get a Museum Pass Istanbul Card costs 85 TL, valid for 5 days-120 hours starts with your first museum visit and enable you to see Istanbul’s other eleven historical and cultural places without paying and waiting in a queue.