Ayasofya Meydanı, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
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- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Design and architecture, History
Best for First-time visitors - Expert review of Aya Sofya
Constructed as a Christian basilica in the 6th century, this architecturally stunning building – the largest enclosed space in the world for nearly a millennia – is also richly evocative of the complex history (and present) of religion in the lands that form modern Turkey. Upon conquering Istanbul, one of the first things Sultan Mehmet II did was convert the church into a mosque. (It’s now a museum.) You only need gaze up at its 56-meter-high dome to understand what made it this symbolic structure such a coveted prize.
Admission is 20 lira.
More information on Aya Sofya:
- Price guide:
- Architectural site, Historic site, Religious site
- Ayasofya Meydanı, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
- 0212 528 45 00
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Tue-Sun 9am-7pm. Upper galleries close 6.30pm. Closed Mondays.