The museum, which is one of the symbols of the Historic Peninsula, offers its visitors what they want to have information about the history of the city.
Where is the Hagia Sophia Museum? How to go?
Hagia Sophia Museum is located in Sultanahmet Square in Fatih district.
It is very easy to reach the Hagia Sophia museum, which is surrounded by Ethnography and Carpet museums. You can use tram, train, bus and ferry services to reach the museum. If you prefer the tram, you should use the Bağcılar-Kabataş Line. After getting off the tram in one of the Gülhane or Sultanahmet stations, you can easily reach the museum after a short walk.
As Sultanahmet square and its surroundings are closed to vehicle traffic, we do not recommend you to come to Sultanahmet with your private vehicle.
Hagia Sophia Museum Entrance Fee
100 TL is requested to enter the Hagia Sophia Museum, which is open to visitors every day of the week.
Information About the Hagia Sophia Museum
A.D. Hagia Sophia, the construction of which was completed in 537 and put into service as a church, was the largest domed building in the world. Astonishing the people with its dome, which is 49 meters above the ground, Hagia Sophia was not a human structure in the eyes of people living in the Middle Ages.
People who had difficulty in perceiving this magnificence gave him extraordinary powers and the structure became the subject of legends. During the Byzantine era, it was a place where the people of the city took shelter in the earthquake and sieges and found peace within their sheltered walls.
The magnificent dome of Hagia Sophia collapsed in an earthquake in 557 and was rebuilt. This time, the dome (7 meters higher than the previous one), built 56 meters above the ground, was equipped with 40 windows added around it. This second dome is still standing today.
Islamic elements were added to the religious structure, which is of great importance by Eastern Orthodox and Catholic sects, after the conquest of the city by the Ottomans in 1453 under the leadership of Fatih Sultan Mehmet.
It is known that the works of Mimar Sinan, in particular, had a great share in restoring the former glory of the building.
It was chosen as an eternal residence by some of the Ottoman sultans. The transformation of Hagia Sophia into a museum was carried out between 1930 and 1935 at the request of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
What’s in the Hagia Sophia Museum? Sections?
You can see the mausoleums of the Ottoman Sultans, Minarets, buttresses, Treasury Building in the outer space and garden of the Hagia Sophia Museum.
Apart from the octagonal structure, the entrance door of which is considered to be one of the outstanding examples of Ottoman woodworking, in the section of the Tomb of the Sultan III. Murad, III. You can visit the tombs of Mehmed, Mustafa I and Sultan İbrahim.
In the interior, a magnificent Dome, Mosaics, Calligraphy, Tiles, Mihrab, Pulpit, Hünkar and Muezzin Ruins, Omphalion, Sultan Mahmud I Library, Marble Cubes, Wish Column, Commander Henricus Dandolo’s Tombstone, Viking Script and you can see the Hagia Sophia Gates.