Hagia Sophia Tour Guide
Private Guided Tour of Hagia Sophia by Serhat Engül (Licensed Guide)
Hagia Sophia has always been a legendary building. It was built 1500 years ago by Byzantine emperor Justinian. It had been biggest church in the Christendom throughout the medieval ages.
The enthusiasm and curiosity generated by Hagia Sophia went on for centuries. It literally mesmerized the people of Constantinople. So that they celebrated their victories, crowned their emperors in there. On the other hand, they took shelter in Hagia Sophia when an earthquake striked the city or a storm broke out.
The Dome of Hagia Sophia is certainly one of the most impressive architectural innovation in the world. Architects of present day, still admire the Hagia Sophia’s architectural features.
It was built by resourcefull arhcitects of Asia Minor. Anthemius and Isidore managed to build the greatest temple known to human kind in 5 years! The consruction process lasted from 532 to 537 and nearly 10.000 people worked for it.
The Greek originated name “Hagia Sophia” means: Church of the Holy Wisdom. The Hagia Sophia had been a church nearly 900 years, and then a mosque for 500 years and finally became a museum.
Nowadays, it’s one of the rare buildings that represents two religions. Christian and Muslim artworks are displayed together in Hagia Sophia of today. Hagia Sophia is the most popular museum in Turkey with nearly 3 million visitors in a year.
Skip-The-Line Tickets for Hagia Sophia Museum
There are long lines to enter the Hagia Sophia Museum. You can either hire a private tour guide OR purchase skip-the-line tickets to enter the museum quickly.
- If you are looking for a cheap skip-the-line ticket (with a guided group tour), you can find fast track tour tickets from here. This tour is ideal if you want to visit the Hagia Sophia with a guide.
- If you are looking for a short Byzantine history tour (with a licensed tour guide) please continue browsing this website. I offer a tour of Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Duration of this tour is 2 hours. These monuments are complementary and ideal for learning the history of the Greco-Roman period of Istanbul. More details here.
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Where is Hagia Sophia located?
Hagia Sophia is located in Sultanahmet neighborhood. Sultanahmet is considered as the heart of Istanbul Old City and houses most important tourist attractions.
When you get to Sultanahmet area by tram, you can find the top tourist sites within walking distance. Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern located next to each other, only a few minutes walk from each other.
Hagia Sophia stands out with its ancient features as it was built in 6th Century. This beautiful structure is one of the marvels of the ancient world.
In this article you may find the updated entrance fee for Hagia Sophia as well as the opening hours in winter and summer. Additionally you may find the contact information of a tour guide in Istanbul. Serhat Engul is a licensed tour guide who offers Byzantine Empire history tours.
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Hagia Sophia Opening Hours
The Hagia Sophia Museum is open everyday during the high season. High season starts in the beginning of April and finished by the end of October. Please find the detailed information below.
Opening Hours During The High (Summer) Season
Between the 1st of April and 31st of October considered as high season.
The Museum will be open from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 19:00 in the evening.
Opening Hours During The Low (Winter) Season
Between 1st of November and 31st of March considered as low season.
The Museum operates from 09:00 O’clock in the morning until 17:00 in the evening.
- Please note that ticket office would be closed 1 hour prior to the closing time.
Hagia Sophia Visiting Days
Hagia Sophia is open everday during the high season. Closed on Monday in low season.
Hagia Sophia is Open Everyday
Between 1st Of April and 31st of October during the high season.
Hagia Sophia is Closed On Monday
Between 1st of November and 31st of March during the low season.
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Hagia Sophia Ticket Price 2019
Hagia Sophia entrance fee is 72 Turkish Lira for a single ticket. Children under the age of 8 can enter for free. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid for Hagia Sophia Museum.
Private Tour Guide for Hagia Sophia
Istanbul is a city steeped in deep and rich history. It was initially founded by the Greeks as Byzantium in 638 BC, later becoming Constantinople under Roman rule in 324 AD, then officially becoming Istanbul many years later. It was ruled by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. It goes without saying that Istanbul is one of the most diverse cities in the world.
If you would like to gain a deeper knowledge about Istanbul’s history, Hagia Sophia is the right place to start for it. History of Hagia Sophia is associated with Roman emperors, religious figures and the riots. So that it would be a great experience to listen to its stories.
A knowledgeable tour guide can make the history come alive for you by telling you all the narratives about Hagia Sophia. If you have an interest about Roman, Byzantine or Ottoman history, Hagia Sophia promises an unforgettable experience for you!
The Itinerary of My Hagia Sophia Tour
- Hippodrome of Constantinople
I start with the history of Hippodrome. This is a perfect place to give you an overview about Istanbul’s history. There are the oldest monuments of Istanbul such as Obelisk of Theodosius and Serpent Column. We talk about the chariot races and the rivalry between the Green and Blue teams.
1st Place to See: Hippodrome
- Hagia Sophia
I tell you about the two leading figures in the Roman and Byzantine history of the city: Emperor Constantine and Justinian. Then we move forward to Hagia Sophia‘s courtyard. Talk about the 1st and 2nd generation churches which were destroyed in riots. There are quite a few stories to tell about these unique incidents. Then we will discover the mystery of Hagia Sophia together.
2nd Place to See: Hagia Sophia
- Basilica Cistern
The history of the Basilica Cistern is complementary to the Hagia Sophia tour. Basilica Cistern, just like the Hagia Sophia was built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian and is of great importance in the history of the city. The medusa heads in the Basilica Cistern will definitely interest you.
3rd Place to See: Basilica Cistern
How to Book the Short Byzantine History Tour?
Duration of this tour is around 2 hours. It would take 30 minutes to visit Hippodrome and 1 hour to visit Hagia Sophia and 30 minutes to visit Basilica Cistern. I offer private guided tours so that there will be only you. Please kindly ask for the price of this private tour by writing me via contact page.
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Fast Track Advantage for Hagia Sofia Guided Tours
Only the guided groups have the privilege of fast track during their Hagia Sophia visit. Istanbul tour guides are able to purchase your ticket immediately from a ticket office. It enables you to get inside the museum as fast as possible. Therefore I recommend you to hire a Hagia Sophia tour guide in advance.
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Private Guided Tour of Hagia Sophia
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