Visiting The Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia Ticket Price, Opening Hours, Private Tour Guide
Hagia Sophia is located in an area known as Sultanahmet. Sultanahmet is right in the heart of Istanbul Old City and contains most important tourist attractions.
When you get to Sultanahmet area by tram, you can find the major tourist sites in walking distance. Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern located next to each other, almost five minutes walking distance from each other.
Hagia Sophia stands out with its ancient features as it was built in 6th Century. This beautiful medieval structure is one of the marvels of the ancient world.
In this article you may find the latest Entrance Fee for Hagia Sophia as well as the Opening-Closing hours and Visiting Days in Winter and Summer.
Hagia Sophia Museum
Istanbul Hagia Sophia Opening Hours
The Hagia Sophia Museum is open everyday during the high season. High tourist season starts at spring and finished at the end of Autumn. Please find the detailed information below.
Opening Hours During The High (Summer) Season
Between the 15th of April and 25th of October considered as high season.
The Museum is open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 19:00 in the evening. The museum is open for 10 hours continuously.
Opening Hours During The Low (Winter) Season
Between 25th of October and 15th of April considered as low season.
The Museum operates from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 17:00 in the evening. The museum is open for 8 hours continuously.
Hagia Sophia Visiting Days
Hagia Sophia is open everday during the high season. Closed on Monday in low season.
Hagia Sophia is Open Everyday
Between 1st Of April and 31st of October during the high season.
Hagia Sophia is Closed On Monday
From 31st of October to 1st of April. During the low season.
Hagia Sophia Interior
Hagia Sophia Ticket Price 2018
Hagia Sophia ticket price is 60 Turkish Lira for a single ticket. Children under the age of 12 free of charge. Istanbul Museum Pass is recommended for visiting multiple museums. Information is updated in November, 2018.
Private Tour Guide For Hagia Sophia
Hiring a private tour guide for Hagia Sophia visit is definitely recommended. Average visiting time of Hagia Sophia is 30-40 minutes without the guide whereas it could be extended to 1 hour or more with a knowledgeable and experienced tour guide.
If you would like to have a deeper knowledge about Istanbul’s history, Hagia Sophia is the right place to learn about it. Your guide can start from the history of Istanbul which dates back to Ancient Greek period, then he tells you about the Roman and Byzantine period. It would add a great value to your visit to Hagia Sophia if you know about the history of Istanbul before and after the construction of Hagia Sophia.
Hagia Sophia was considered as the greatest church of the city during the Byzantine period. The significance of Hagia Sophia was no less in the Ottoman period too. It was considered as the head of the mosques and received the utmost respect.
Hagia Sophia have always been the place of interest throughout the centuries. A private tour guide can make the history alive on your eyes while you will be browsing the best examples of Byzantine art.
Beautiful Examples of Byzantine Art in Hagia Sophia
Fast Track Advantage for Guided Tours
Only the guided groups have the privilege of fast track during their Hagia Sophia visit. Official tour guides are able to purchase your ticket immediately from private ticket office. It enables you to get inside the museum as quickly as possible. Therefore I recommend you to hire a Hagia Sophia tour guide in advance.
Hagia Sophia during the Ottoman Empire
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