Hagia Sophia Museum (Guided Tour)
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Fifteen hundred years old Hagia Sophia Museum is a must see in Istanbul and here is a one time tour for you so that you don't have to wait in the line for 1500 years more! 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…
An amazing skip-the-line guided tour is included with the Istanbul Tourist Pass.
Avoid paying the €15 tour fee to the Hagia Sophia Museum and Sultanahmet area and skip the ticket queues with Istanbul Tourist Pass.
Hours & schedule
- Monday: NO TOURS - the museum is closed
- Tuesdays: 10:15 and 13:30
- Wednesday thru Sunday: 10:15 and 14:15
The approximate duration is 45 minutesView Timetable
How to get there?
The tour starts from the stop of the Big Bus in Sultanahmet.
The Sultanahmet Square can be reached via the T1 Tram Line.
The guided tours are performed in English.
The tour starts at the stop of the Big Bus in Sultanahmet. Click on Get Directions above to find the location.
The tour doesn't require a reservation in advance.
Istanbul Tourist Pass holders do not pay admission at the Hagia Sophia Museum.
Please note that this attraction cannot be accessed directly by presenting the digital Pass at the museum. You need to enter with the tour guide.
Children younger than 12 years will be asked to present their valid passport at the entrance of the museums in order to validate their age.
The museum is closed for visits for half-day on the first day of Ramadan (21st of August, 2018) and Sacrifice Festivals.
People Hagia Sophia Museum (Guided Tour)
"It was once a church then it became a mosque after Ottoman conquest. It is now a museum. Because of its dual religion functions, the interior is a fascinating mix of both Byzantine and Ottoman splendour. Flooring going up to upper level is made of marble and could be slippery! "
"Incredible, beautiful and so full of historic value! Once a Mosque and then a church now a secular museum. It is truly an Istanbul landmark. "
"An incredible achievement of the human spirit, this is an awe-inspiring structure. One cannot help feel moved in the face of this huge dome, built over 1500 years ago through faith and hard labor. For me, this is the top attraction of this great city. ?>"