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Explore The Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia, a timeless masterpiece nestled in the heart of Istanbul, stands as an architectural marvel and a symbol of cultural fusion. Originally built as a cathedral in the 6th century, it later transformed into a mosque, and today, it proudly serves as a museum, bridging the gap between different civilizations and faiths. With its soaring domes, intricate mosaics, and grandeur that defies time, Hagia Sophia continues to enchant visitors, inviting them to witness the magnificence of history and human ingenuity in one breathtaking experience.


Discover the magic of Hagia Sophia with Clio Muse Tours.

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Why choose an e-ticket & self-guided audio tour bundle for the Hagia Sophia?

The self-guided audio tour will offer you both historical information and trivia about the site, as well as allow you to determine your own pace during the visit. That means taking your time to absorb the beauty and knowledge as well as pausing and resuming whenever and wherever you wish. Having a ticket beforehand will save you significant waiting time, because you will be able to enter through the automatic scanners instead of the ticket booth line.

How do I enter the Hagia Sophia without waiting in line?

At entrance you will find automatic scanners. Skip the ticket booth line and head directly for the scanners. Scan the QR code of your ticket directly from your phone’s screen and you may enter.

What is the duration of a self-guided audio tour of the Hagia Sophia?

Depending on your pace, you may need 1.5 to 2 hours. You may stay for as long as you like on the site. Note that once you exit, you cannot re-enter with the same ticket.

Which Hagia Sophia’s attractions does your self-guided audio tour cover?

Among others, our team has created stories about the:

  • The impressive Dome
  • The Imperial Gate : Mosaic of Emperor Leon VI
  • The Mosaic of the Virgin and child
  • The wishing Column¬†
  • The Empress‚Äôs sarcophagus
  • The Nice Door

What is the best time to take the Hagia Sophia self-guided audio tour?

You may start your visit either early in the morning on the first admission or early in the afternoon after 5pm (last admission: 18:00). In general you may find it best to avoid rush hours, in order to better enjoy the site.