Hagia Sophia Museum
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Fifteen hundred years old Hagia Sophia Museum is a must see in Istanbul and here is a one time admittance for you so that you would not need to wait in line for 1500 years! First a Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Basilica, later an imperial mosque and now a museum; Hagia Sophia has always been a source of inspiration. With its dome, minarets, lustration urns, narthex and portals, upper gallery, marble door, wishing column and the Lodge of Empress. Hagia Sophia will be unforgettable for you…
Avoid paying the €11 admission fee at the Hagia Sophia Museum and skip the ticket queues with Istanbul Tourist Pass.
Hours & schedule
The museum is open between 9am - 7pm during Summer Season (April 15th - October 1st) and between 9am - 5pm during Winter Season (October 1st - April 15th).
How to get there?
Hagia Sophia Museum is located in Sultanahmet Square. It is very close to the T1 Tram Line's Sultanahmet Square Stop and Bigbus' Sultanahmet Stop.
Istanbul Tourist Pass holders do not pay admission at the Hagia Sophia Museum. On top of that, they get to skip the ticket queues! The pass will give you one time admission to the museum. You can stay inside for as long as you wish until it closes; but you can not reenter once you leave.
Please note that this attraction is not accessible with the mobile pass that is e-mailed to you after purchase. You need to use the MuseumPass card to enter to the museum which comes free with your Istanbul Tourist Pass purchase.
Last admission is 1 hour before the closing hour.
The museum is closed for visits for half-day on the first day of Ramadan and Sacrifice Festivals.
People Hagia Sophia Museum
"Astonishing and Artistic, with a great amazing art of architecture, feel like you are walking in old times
"Have you ever got into a place and suddenly felt tears on your face? Well I have. This place is magical, mesmerizing and I can say - the most beautiful place I have ever seen. No words can describe this entire beauty. Go visit and let emotions do the job. "
"The architecture was amazing and very historic. It was my second visit and I would definitely recommend this museum. The ticket price is reasonable- 8 GBP - approx 42 TL. It is right next to the tram station, therefore in a convenient location. It is also walking distance from the Blue Mosque, Grand bazaar and Topkapi Palace. ?>"