Wonderful Temple: Hagia Sophia Museum
The Hagia Sophia Museum (Ayasofya) was built in 532 by an order of the emperor Justinian. This building, which was constructed with the collapse of a church in the same spot in the beginning, was built in a short period of 6 years. According to rumors, after complated the bulding such a splendid construction in such a short time, Justinian shouted in front of the Hagia Sophia and said, “The Prophet Solomon, I’m more superior than you now“.
Hagia Sophia, which is thought to have been built on the Temple of Artemis, is a magnificent building with interior adornment, mosaics and unique architecture. Also the interior of the building is remarkable. Even with its interior architecture, it is known as one of the wonders of the world. The 33 meter wide dome is 55.6 meters high. After the conquest of Istanbul, the building was transformed into a mosque and at that time 4 dome was added.
The Haghia Sophia Museum, which is one of the most tourist attractions in Istanbul, The Hagia Sophia Museum has survived many dangers throughout its history, but it has managed to survive to now. The museum carries impressive traces of both the Christian and Muslim worlds.
The tomb of Sultan Selim II can be seen on the outside of the Hagia Sophia Museum that is one of the places that comes to mind first when the places to visit in Istanbul are mentioned. The 1st Mahmud Library on the inside is also very interesting. The library’s which the reading process and the book section are separate the wall engravings have the characteristics of the nature of art.
Hagia Sophia Museum Visiting Information
- Visiting Days and Hours: 15 April – 1 November: 09:00 – 19:00, November 1 – April : 15 09:00 – 17:00.
- Entrance Fee: Entrance fee is 30 TL
• Notes: Entrance fees and visit times may vary periodically