Hagia Sophia Mosque
Hagia Sophia Mosque
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsReligious Sites
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This architectural marvel displays 30 million gold tiles throughout its interior, and a wide, flat dome which was a bold engineering feat at the time it was constructed in the 6th century.
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Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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  • Jeff L
    Appleton, Wisconsin423 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Wonderful Way to Begin Your Exploration of Istanbul and the Vast History of Turkey
    Beautiful and so rich in history. This is a place where it really pays to have a top-notch tour guide to explain the details and the fascinating features that make the experience so memorable. A tour guide can also help you bypass some of the long lines to get a ticket. Dress modestly when you go, be respectful, and be prepared to admire one of the great sites of history.
    Visited June 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Clifford Silvise
    Miami, Florida4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see for anyone visiting Istanbul
    Visiting the Hagia Sophia was like taking a journey through time and culture. The architecture and artwork are breathtaking and the history behind the building is fascinating. I couldn't help but feel a sense of awe as I walked through the halls and saw the intricate details of the mosaics and frescoes. Our guide provided a wealth of information and really enhanced the experience. It's amazing to think about how many different empires and religions have left their mark on this building over the centuries.
    Visited March 2023
    Written June 2, 2023
  • firstclass-TRIP
    418 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Experience.
    Go early in the morning to avoid the extremely long lines. Also go when cruise ships are not in town for a more enjoyable visit. So interested to visit. Love the calls to the prayer that you hear five times a day. A must visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2023
  • NoPlansAdventures
    Ogden, Utah8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A free 'must do' while in Istanbul
    A 'must see' stop while exploring Istanbul. Entrance is free but be sure to look up prayer times for the day to best plan around them. Tourists will be ushered out and not permitted in during prayers. There's a lot of history to unpack in this Mosque so if you're not taking a guided tour through, spend some time reading about the rich history and you'll appreciate it all the more.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 15, 2023
  • fernando o
    San Diego, California92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Hagia Sophia
    Build during the reign of Emperor Justinian as a Christian cathedral converted to a Mosque by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in 1453. A historic jewel and impressive structure. There is no entry fee and you will have to wait in long lines to enter but it is well worth your time. Women will be required to wear a head scarf, and all are required to remove footwear. A must visit on your trip to Istanbul.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Nazly A
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive !!!
    Magnificent architectural. I was stunned looking at the beautiful structural . I tried to image how the life of the people at those ages went by. What did they do, how was their family. How this beautiful dome being raised ? From the church turned into the mosque , then into a museum . The good thing is everything is very well preserved! Such a worth visit . Don't leave Istanbul without setting your foot here .
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Archie
    Glenmoore, Pennsylvania7,351 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical site, free entrance
    This mosque is actively used for worship hence free entry. You have to plan accordingly. The mosque is sealed off during the worship hours. Best time to get there is early morning or later after afternoon service. Its going to be a huge wait time otherwise. The lines are queued forever. Once it starts moving its quick. Its a historical mosque. You can see roman columns when you enter and actually angels on the ceiling. Ladies need a head scarf. Guys should be in pants. Wear socks as you need to take off your shoes. There are outfits provided onsite. Its simple enough to wear a longer dress and carry a scarf in your backpack. I didn't see the security actively flagging people down. Its better to be safe. The architecture is stunning. We loved the chandeliers all over. There is a carpet to sit so you can stare up at the ceiling. The upper floors are closed off. It was a quick visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Jaroslav Nečas
    Brno, Czech Republic1,448 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent
    One of the best attractions in Istanbul. Building really looks spectacular, but the entire place is pretty crowded which is a hefty price. Entrance is free but you must come outside the worship hours.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Gintarė J
    Vilnius, Lithuania61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    The view from inside is stunning. A picture like this is definitely worth waiting in line for 20 minutes. The best time to come is either early in the morning or later, as the queues start to get really big around 11.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Grace-Aguiar
    Montreal, Canada562 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Place
    Beautiful structure and peaceful place, best time to visit early morning or late afternoon. Please keep in mind that ladies must cover their head. its worth the visit.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
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Betsy P
89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The Hagia Sophia Mosque is fascinating. Only the second floor is open to non Muslim Tourists. The first floor is reserved for prayer. The mosque was originally a church and the second floor shows how the structure was transformed into a mosque. Some of the original Christian paintings etc. have been uncovered. The building was constructed in 537 AD. Don't bother with the separate museum ticket. It is not worth it; and if you have vertigo it is definitely a no go.
Written May 25, 2024
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Noah T
New Orleans, LA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It's a beautiful place.
Mosque, church, museum all in one place.
It is one of the places that everyone who goes to Istanbul should visit.
Written May 23, 2024
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Seasoned traveller
London, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
An exceptional locale with a serene and tranquil encounter...

The staff, characterized by their politeness and warm hospitality, along with the feline inhabitants in the prayer zone, proved to be amiable towards children.

I would reccomend they publish their daily prayer times so guests can plan their visit accordingly

I wholeheartedly endorse embarking on a visit to this distinguished establishment.
Written May 21, 2024
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Stuart B
Welwyn, UK126 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Total waste of money. Very little to see. What you can see isnt very impressive.
I went 5 minutes before they closed and therefor missed all the queues.
Only allowed access to first floor.
Written May 21, 2024
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Jean L
Perth, Australia129 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We had visited Hagia Sophia in 1999, when it was a museum, entering at the ground floor. We walked around the ground floor, looking all around and up at the wonderful dome. It was spectacular, and a memorable experience.
Now, as a mosque, the ground floor is covered in carpet and tourists cannot go there.
We had to walk up a seemingly endless twisting ramp to the upper floor (no warning with ticket), where we were fenced off from the marble balustrading,making it hard to take photos.
There were a few mosaics in out of the way areas (not to offend Muslims?) and hard to photograph. Sure there were many more on show in 1999.
Herded down endless wooden stairs (no mention with ticket,) and out a side entrance.
Now that it is a mosque, the experience is a tiny fraction of what it was in 1999 and we were very disappointed, especially for the high ticket price.
It should be a museum again, with mosaics uncovered and access to the ground floor.
We, sadly, don't reccommend this high-priced visit.
Written May 21, 2024
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Bibiana V
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The woman at the ticket show told us if we paid a lot more we could visit both the 1st and 2nd floor of the mosque & the museum (it was worth it). However, only muslim practitioners are allowed on the 1st floor.
Written May 19, 2024
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Ian M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Over priced at €25 per person over 8. With 3 children this came to €125 for our family which is unrealistic for families considering if you want to go to other attractions in Türkiye as well. There needs to be a family ticket option especially when a 9 year old costs €25! The national museum card is an option but at a price of €168 per person over 8 - but shock it doesn’t include the Hagia Sophia which is separate! We love Türkiye and have visited three times but the cost of going to museums and historic places has become too expensive.
Written May 19, 2024
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Jean G
Horsham, UK25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Long queues. Very poor value for money. I would advise my friends to take photos of the outside but don’t go in.
It was probably nice when you could go on the lower floor but now you have to stand behind a rope next to a balcony on the second floor and I couldn’t see much. Not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. Very over priced.
Written May 18, 2024
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jnash84
Bournemouth, UK487 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The queue for the mosque is very long - we avoided this by buying a combined ticket with the nearby museum which tells the story of the Hagia Sophia mosque which was good to do before. The mosque itself is iconic - for us it was fairly average as a tourist attraction though and not as ornate as some other religious buildings. The combined museum and mosque ticket was £45 each and worth it for a very short ticket queue. Overall though think a bit expensive for the mosque visit itself and didn’t find it a real impressive building inside. History interesting. Blue mosque looks better.

Note to try and get a combo ticket elsewhere to skip the mosque ticket queue and as a woman bring a scarf / head covering or you can buy them at the main ticket office for 70 TL
Written May 16, 2024
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jxx9595
Washington, DC1,400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a very historic building, and I was happy to visit, But it was a modest disappointment as there is little to see other than the building. There is little to explain or point out all the history. I'm not suggesting that you avoid the place, but lower your expectations, at least if you are not a Muslim.
Written May 15, 2024
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