Built as a “Church of Divine Wisdom” at the beginning of the Middle Ages in 537 AD, transformed into a Mosque in 1453 and later converted into a Museum (in 1935) — the Hagia Sophia “remains one of the truly great buildings in the world.” Anthemius of Tralles — a renowned Mathematician and Physicist — was the head architect behind the design of this magnificent building. Its 1 500-year history evidences its importance throughout different epochs — Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman — and at some point, it was used as a podium to crown Emperors. It was once regarded as the largest cathedral in the world. Today, the Museum houses various collection of artifacts which range from Icons, Stones, Tombs and Church Objects. Its interior is extraordinary, as it is decorated using mosaics made of gold, silver, glass, terra cotta and colorful stones.

Visiting Hours

Summer Schedule- 15 APRIL – 31 OCTOBER 

Visiting Hours: 09.00 – 19.00

Hours of Ticket Sale: 18:00

Winter Schedule- 01 NOVEMBER – 15 APRIL 

Visiting Hours: 09:00- 17:00

Hours of Ticket Sale: 16:00

Ticket Price: 72 TL



Contact Details

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism Directorate of Hagia Sophia Museum

Tel: +90 (212) 522 17 50/ +90 (212) 522 09 89

Fax: +90 (212) 512 54 74

Istanbul By Drone: Hagia Sophia Bird’s-Eye

Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul