Hagia Sophia: the Wisdom of God

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  • Self-guided audio tour
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  • English
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Hagia Sophia: the Wisdom of God

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Overview

  • 1h 30min
  • 77 stories
  • 0km distance
  • 28 stops

Hagia Sophia’s history dates back to the 6th century. Built to evoke the grandeur of the Byzantine capital Constantinopolis, the building followed the turbulent history of the Empire that was eventually conquered in the 15th century by the Ottoman Turks. Having operated as a mosque for 500 years, today it is a world-famous museum.

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The Roof, the Roof is on Fire

January 532 was a stormy month for the people of Constantinopolis. Especially for Emperor Justinian, who saw a tense and angry mob revolting against his rule during the most violent events that the city ever faced, the “Nika riots”. The original basilica that Theodosius II had restored was wrapped in flames as hundreds of other buildings all across the city. When the dust settled and Justinian managed to take control again, he commissioned the construction of the colossal Basilica that we see today. It was destined to be a feat of architecture and the most majestic monument of the proto-byzantine period, an era that shaped the future of the Empire.

Maria Liakaki

She has studied History and Archeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She continued her postgraduate studies on Byzantine history and she received her master’s degree. In 2019 she received her Ph.D. on Byzantine History.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English 
  • Offline content with an offline interactive map to avoid roaming charges
  • An activation link to access your audio tour

Exclusions

  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
    App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Mandatory items

  • Charged smartphone
  • Headphones

The location

Address

Sultan Ahmet, Atmeydanı Cd. No 7, Istanbul, Turkey

Starting point

Sultan Ahmet, Atmeydanı Cd. No 7, Istanbul, Turkey

Areas

Sultanahmet Meydanı, Istanbul

Important information

Opening hours

Winter (April 1st-October 31th) 09:00-17:00 with the last entrance time at 16:00. Summer (April 2nd- November 1st) 09:00-19:00 with the last entrance time at 18:00.

Recommended visiting hours

12:00 – 16:00

Know before you book

  • This is a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone. No live guide will accompany you. No VR / AR is included
  • After booking, you will receive an email from our local supplier, Clio Muse Tours with further instructions on how to access and download your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • An Android or iOS smartphone is required. (Windows phones are not compatible with the app)
  • The audio tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Mini 1st generation
  • Please ensure you have enough storage space (100-150 MB) 
  • Non refundable once activated

Know before you go

  • Admission fees are not included in this product
  • Keep in mind that internet access might be unavailable & mobile signal may be weak in Hagia Sophia. So please download the mobile app and your audio tour on your smartphone prior to your visit in order to enjoy it offline
  • The audio tour can be used repeatedly both online and offline. Use your headphones to best enjoy 
  • Also, prior to your visit, make sure that your smartphone is fully charged & that you bring on a pair of earphones/headphones

Contributors and Bibliography

Contributors

Clio Muse Tours

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