Hagia Sophia Entrance Fee and Visiting Hours
Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. It has also been called “the eighth wonder of the world” by East Roman Philon as far back as the 6th century. The current Hagia Sophia is the third construction, done in a different architectural style, even though it occupies the same location as the previous two. The original building was constructed by the most important architects of the period (527-565), Anthemios (Tralles) and Isidoros (Miletus), under the order of Emperor Justinianos. It is mentioned in the resources that during its construction period, the two prominent architects each had 100 architects working under them, who in turn had 100 workers each working under them.
It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. Afterwards, it was used as a mosque for 482 years. Under the order of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935. Hagia Sophia is open for visit every day. The winter visiting hours for the Hagia Sophia are from 09.00 to 17.00, with the final entry being at 16.00. During the summer, the visiting hours are between 09.00 and 19.00, with the final entry being at 18.00. Passes are available at the box office in the museum.
Directorate of Hagia Sophia Museum
Address : Hagia Sophia Square Sultanahmet Fatih ISTANBUL
Telephone : +90 (212) 522 17 50
Telephone : +90 (212) 522 09 89
Fax +90 (212) 512 54 74
Hagia Sophia Museum visiting information.
Summer Schedule- 1 APRİL – 31 OCTOBER
Visiting Hours: 09.00 – 19.00
Hours of Ticket Sale: 18:00
Winter Schedule- 01 NOVEMBER – 31 MARCH
Visiting Hours: 09:00- 17:00
Hours of Ticket Sale: 16:00
Ticket Price: 60 TL
Hagia Sophia Museum’s visiting hours of winter schedule are 09:00-17:00 with the last entrance time of 16:00. Visiting hours of summer schedule are 09:00-19:00 with the last entrance time of 18:00.
Attention to all our visitors!
Hagia Sophia Museum will be opened to visitors on Mondays from the date April 01, 2019 until further notice.
Directive for Procedures and Principles to be applied at the Entrances of Museums and Historical Sites
Special Days: Hagia Sophia Museum is not available for visiting in the first days of Ramadan and Sacrifice Festivals for half time.
Who can enter for free?
Turkish children and teenagers 18 years old or younger.
Foreign children 8 years old or younger .
Citizens of the Turkish Republic 65 years old or older
Veterans, spouses and children of martyrs and veterans.
Handicapped citizens with one attendant.
Soldiers and non-commissioned officers.
Owners of ICOMOS, UNESCO and ICOM cards.
Owners of Press Card.
Guests and delegations hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism General Directorate of Promotion, and their attendants and foreign tour operators
Personnel and pensioners of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and their accompanied spouses and children.
Foreign official guests invited by state institutions and their attendants.
Professional tourist guides carrying a cockade provided by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Within the scope of Lifetime Learning Program, groups and attendant teachers of these groups within the Comenius School Cooperations and Erasmus Student Exchange Program ( Can enter free without showing ID by delivering their contract with cooperate institutions of our country.
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