Haghia Sophia (Aya Sofya) Museum is 11 km (6 mile) far to Istanbul centurum. The ancient Byzantine church, built by Justinian I between 532-537 AD after the Nika Riot, was later converted to a mosque with the addition of minarets in mid-15th century. The remarkable structure with its 56m high immense dome is a museum today in which you can see both Christian and Islamic art. There are good examples of the Byzantine mosaics as well. For about 1000 years this was the largest church in the world, and glory of the Byzantine Empire.

Open daily between 09:30-16:30 except Mondays.
Sultanahmet Meydani, Sultanahmet Fatih – Istanbul
Tel: (212) 522 17 50 and 528 45 00
Admission fee: 25 TL

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