Marvel at one of the most significant artistic and architectural achievements in Turkey--and the world--at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Commissioned by the Byzantine emperor in 537, the church was converted into a mosque in the 15th century by Mehmet the Conqueror. Finally, Ataturk declared the site a museum in the 20th century. The transformation of this structure is symbolic of the transformation of the region and its people through centuries of changing empires and governments. This stunning architectural feat is most often noted for its well-preserved mosaics, featuring 30 million gold tiles, and its 6th-century dome. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and many more Istanbul attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Istanbul tour itinerary planner .
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) Reviews
Beaucoup de travaux comme souvent à Istanbul mais à faire pour découvrir la grandeur du lieu. Ce lieu rempli d'Histoire est impressionnant. Comptez 2 heures pour le tour. more »Many works as often in Istanbul but to do to discover the grandeur of the place. This place filled with history is impressive. Count two hours for the ride.
Museum served almost thousand years as cazhedral and fifth hundred years as a mosque built by imperator Costantine. Before St. Peters basilica in Rome and St. Paul London, the biggest christian church... more »
Hagia Sophia is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. Its interior is decorated with mosaics and marble pillars and coverings of great artistic value. The temple itself was so richly and artistically decorated that Justinian proclaimed, "Solomon, I have outdone thee!" (Νενίκηκά σε Σολομών). Justinian himself had overseen the completion of the greatest cathedral ever built up to that time, and it was to remain the largest cathedral for 1,000 years up until the completion of the cathedral in Seville in Spain. Justinian's basilica was at once the culminating architectural achievement of late antiquity and the first masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. Its influence, both architecturally and liturgically, was widespread and enduring in the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Muslim worlds alike.
I first visited the Hagia Sophia 60 years ago as a child. It still impresses me with its shear size and beauty. If you are in Istanbul you must see this iconic symbol of the city. It began as a Christian Basilica, became a mosque and since the 1930's is has been a museum. Get there early, the ticket lines are long. Also don't miss the upper gallery. The entrance is at the end of the entrance hall and you will have a wonderful view of the people,way down at ground level
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