Hagia Sophia: the Wisdom of God

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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.


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.

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Clio Muse Tours


Sultan Ahmet, Atmeydanı Cd. No 7, Istanbul, Turkey
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Sultan Ahmet, Atmeydanı Cd. No 7, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Self-guided audio tour for your smartphone (Android & iOS) in English 
  • Offline content with an offline interactive map to avoid roaming charges
  • Secure promo code to access the tour after downloading the app
  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
    App not compatible with Windows phones
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • 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
  • Please note that booking requests received between 10.00 pm – 7.59 am will be served next moring from 8.00 am.
  • 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) 
  • 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
Sultanahmet Meydanı, Istanbul
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.
12:00 - 16:00


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Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.

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