Hagia Sophia Museum
Museum in Istanbul, Turkey
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. 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 Atatürk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935.
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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul
Tram: T1 (Sultanahmet Station) Metro: Marmaray (Sirkeci Station)
Visiting Hours Summer (15 April - 30 October): 09.00 - 19.00 Winter (30 October - 15 April): 09.00 - 17.00