Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. It has also been called “the eighth wonder of the world” by East Roman Philon as far back as the 6th century. It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. It is a museum since 1935.
Hagia Sophia Museum closes at 19.00 between 1 April – 31 October and at 17.00 during winter unless there is any changes. Ticket office closes at 18.00/16.00 and special guests are welcome to enter to the museum after 18.45. If Ministry of Culture makes a change about Hagia Sophia Museum Night Visits, travel agencies are obligated to apply this changes.
The doors of Hagia Sophia Museum can be opened exclusively for between 19.00-21.00.