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Hagia Sophia Museum: The struggle of the two empires

Istanbul - Author City Chief: Citiletter

The Hagia Sophia Museum is a church built in 532 at the command of Emperor Justinian. This structure, which was constructed with the destruction of a church in the same spot, in the beginning, was built in a short period of 6 years. After such a splendid construction in such a short time according to a custom, Justinian shouted to Hagia Sophia and said, "Suleiman the Prophet, I am now your superior."

Hagia Sophia, which is thought to have been built on the Temple of Artemis, has such a magnificent interior adornment, mosaics, and unique architecture. In addition, the interior section is also striking. Even only with its interior architecture, it is known as one of the wonders of the world. 33 meters wide dome is 55.6 meters high at the base. After the conquest of Istanbul, the building was transformed into a mosque and at that time four more domes were also added.

From 1934 on, it is used as a daily museum. Hagia Sophia Museum, which is one of the most attractive tourist destinations of Istanbul, has managed to survive until today from many dangers throughout its history. The motifs in the structured signal that Jesus and God are not the same, which is a reform of the Christian world. The museum carries impressive traces of both the Christian and Muslim worlds.

When it comes to places to visit in Istanbul, the first place that comes to mind is the Hagia Sophia Museum. Outside of it, the tomb of Sultan Selim can be seen. The Mahmoud I. Library inside is also very interesting. The reading and the parts of the book are separate and hand-works on the library's wall are all pieces of art. There is also a bronze column carved in the middle of the museum. Over time, it is sanctified and called Dilek Sutunu (Column of Wish).

Hagia Sophia Museum Visiting Information

Address: Hagia Sophia Square, Sultanahmet Square, Fatih Istanbul

Arrival: You can reach here by T1 tram from Gülhane or Sultanahmet stops. If you are in a place where you can not reach by direct tram, first you have to come to Eminönü and take the tram from there.

Visiting Days and Hours: April 15 - November 1 09:00 - 19:00, November 1 - April 15 09:00 - 17:00.

Entry Fees: 30 Turkish Lira.


Notes: Entrance fees and visit times may vary periodically. Please check the website for updated information.

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photo credit: MastaBaba Hagia Sophia via photopin (license)

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