Hagia Sophia Guided Tour

Almost 15 Centuries-Old Hagia Sophia is the icon of Istanbul. Its history uncovers the city of Istanbul and the best way to learn about it is having a tour with an official guide. Reserve your place here and make your Istanbul trip even more memorable.

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Almost 15 Centuries-Old Hagia Sophia is the icon of Istanbul. Its history uncovers the city of Istanbul and the best way to learn about it is having a tour with an official guide. Reserve your place here and make your Istanbul trip even more memorable. 

Since Hagia Sophia has been serving as a mosque, the most suitable visiting times are between early morning and noon hours.  Our licensed guides will take you inside the Hagia Sophia Mosque while informing you about the past and today of this great monument. In more detail, the tour will cover:

  • the architecture of the structure
  • the process of its construction
  • stories about the emperors and sultans that were part of Hagia Sophia's history
  • the decorative details, especially Hagia Sophia's legendary mosaics

Visiting Hagia Sophia in 2022:

The visiting times for Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is up to the prayer times that are changing according to the seasons. So, the morning hours are always best choices to make you visits before the busy times between the noon and afternoon prayers. We usually add another session for afternoons that avoids the closed times. Your guide will explain you the ways of religious practices as well. 

The tour starts at the royal gate looking towards the Topkapi Palace. Then, your officially-licenced guide will start to explain the ages-long history of Hagia Sophia as an ancient wonder of the world. From outside to the interior details, the tour will cover all important layers of past of this city and beyond. These stories will reveal the imperial history of Istanbul that will help you to connections from the antiquity to the modern times. So, you can learn about the all the glory and drama that gave the character to the heritage of this city.

The guiding service also will make it clear the architectural and decorative details and the significance of the elements of the building in and out. The process of construction, damages of several disasters, political conflicts, conquests and falls... All in all, you will know how Istanbul and Hagia Sophia are bound to each other.

Since your guides are local experts, after the tour, feel free to ask your questions about you programs in Istanbul!

Your guide comes to the meeting point and starts waiting for you 10 minutes before the starting time. You can recognize them with turquoise shirts they wear and turquoise signs they hold up. 

The meeting point for Hagia Sophia Tours:

The meeting point is marked on the map attached to the PDF file your ticket! 10 minutes before the starting time you chose, your official museum hosts will be waiting for you at the location shown with a link and a photo in your ticket! There you will be taken to the tour around and in Hagia Sophia.

Hagia Sophia has been the timeless icon of Istanbul for 15 centuries. Be our guest, and discover this city in its heart with a local and official guide!

What to see at Hagia Sophia?

As one of the engineeering marvels of the world, Hagia Sophia has been standing since the ancient times. The building itself, the collections of marble elements, the unique mosaics are all

What is included in the tour of Hagia Sophia?

30-Minute Guiding Service in English by an officially-licensed professional

Is Hagia Sophia a Mosque or a Church?

Hagia Sophia has a quite long and complex time ilne:

 

  • Hagia Sophia had been first constructed as a church in the late-Roman times.
  • Today's building was erected in the 6th century.
  • When the eastern and western churches were separated in 11th century, it became the center of the Orthodox Christians.
  • In 1204, the 4th Crusader army invasion of Constantintopolis turned it into a Latin Carholic Church
  • In 1453, the church was converted it into Mosque
  • In 1930, the Turkish Republican regime made Hagia Sophia a secular museum
  • In 2020, the Presidency of Turkiye reformed Hagia Sophia as a Mosque.
     

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