|Hagia Sophia - Istanbul / TURKEY|
The left side of the ground floor features various exhibitions pertaining to the museum's history, which change periodically throughout the year. To the left of the main entrance, climb the winding ramps to the upper gallery.
Watch your step, as the stones are quite uneven and slick from the museum's unyielding foot traffic.
To the right, there’s a wide corridor bathed in daylight. From here, the empress and the court-ladies would watch the proceedings down below. A round, green stone marks the spot where the throne of the empress stood. Here, visitors can get a better look at the worn, but beautiful ceiling. This is the best spot for photographing Hagia Sophia’s interior and for watching other tourists milling about the ground floor.
On the left side of the upper gallery, there are enlarged photos that give visitors a better look at some of Hagia Sophia’s most dazzling details. It’s definitely worth it to take a few minutes to examine and appreciate these pictures.
The queue for Hagia Sophia can be quite long, so get there early or invest in a Museum Pass beforehand.
Admission: 30 TL
Free with 3-Day or 5-Day Museum Pass Hours:
Summer Schedule- 15 April -1 October Visiting Hours: 09.00 - 19.00 Hours of Ticket Sale: 18:00
Winter Schedule- 1 October 15 April Visiting Hours: 09:00- 17:00 Hours of Ticket Sale: 16:00
Ayasofya Hagia Sophia Hotels - Istanbul