Standing at the heart of Istanbul’s famous historic peninsula for nearly 1500 years, Hagia Sophia is one of the most famous landmarks in the world that ever built. Originally, the Hagia Sophia was built as a basilica which was constructed for the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I. The construction was started on 23 February 532 and its written that during the construction work, there were 100 architects working under two chief architects; Anthemios (Tralles) and Isidoros (Miletus). 100 workers have worked at the disposal of each architect and this magnificent sanctuary was completed in a short period of 5 years and 10 months.
Hagia Sophia was the world’s largest building and an engineering marvel of its time. Although the building was damaged and collapsed several times, it was rebuilt again and today it is one of the few survived structures from the early Middle Ages. Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque after Sultan Mehmet II the Conqueror conquered Istanbul in 1453. Under the order of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935.
Hagia Sophia is open for visit every day. The winter visiting hours for the Hagia Sophia are from 09.00 to 17.00, with the final entry being at 16.00. During the summer, the visiting hours are between 09.00 and 19.00, with the final entry being at 18.00. Passes are available at the box office in the museum and the Ticket price is 40 Turkish Liras. Museum Pass Istanbul (185 Turkish Liras) is also being sold at the entrance of the museum.
For more information please go to http://www.ayasofyamuzesi.gov.tr