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Guided Tour of Hagia Sophia

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1 hr - 2 hrs
Guided tour

Travel back in time to the Byzantine era and discover Hagia Sophia, one of the most important attractions of Istanbul.

highlights

  • Delve deep into the complex history of Hagia Sophia, one of the legendary mosques of Istanbul.

  • Walk alongside an English-speaking expert guide on an exciting 1 or 1.5-hour tour, where all the intriguing facts and details about the monument will be spilled.

  • Learn how the biggest church built by the East Roman Empire was turned into a mosque and then a museum.

  • Witness the beautiful architecture and intricate details that adorn its dome.

  • From the awe-striking galleries to the Ottoman tombs, you’ll see it all.

inclusions

  • 1 or 1.5-hour guided tour of Hagia Sophia

  • Expert English-speaking tour guide

  • Bottled water (with 1.5-Hour Tour)

exclusions

  • Hotel transfers

  • Food & drinks

cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

your experience

Welcome to Hagia Sophia, the meeting point of two major religions of the world - Christianity, and Islam. Originally a church, it was later turned into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire, and finally a museum where it proudly showcases its unique history in multiple ways. From the beautiful galleries typical of Constantinopolitan church planning to the Ottoman tombs, each and every feature of this masterpiece tells us the story of its alluring past. Follow around your English-speaking tour guide, who will expertly navigate your way through the massive monument. Gaze up at its intricate dome, the decorations and multiple iconoclasms, and outstanding architecture! Hagia Sophia has been a major part of Istanbul’s cultural fabric in both ancient and modern times, and is a must-visit when in the city.

know before you go

Important Information

  • Please expect a considerable wait time as you enter the attraction, especially during holidays and weekends.

  • Security checks at Hagia Sophia take approximately 30 minutes.

  • Since it is a religious place, guests are requested to wear clothes that cover their arms and head.

  • While photography is allowed, all visitors are requested to refrain from turning on flash and using bulky accessories like tripods.

  • Since this tour involves a lot of walking, all visitors are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Timings

1-Hour Tour

  • Daily: 9am & 2pm

1.5-Hour Tour

  • Tues, Thurs, Sat: 9am, 1pm, 4pm

Hagia Sophia may be closed during prayer times as it is a place of religious worship.

my tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your guide.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.

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