Hagia Sophia Museum
Famed for its architecture, the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul represents the cosmopolitan history of the city and draws thousands of visitors every year. After serving as both a church and mosque, Hagia Sophia now attracts guests with its variety of religious art, as well as its famed dome.
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Explore Istanbul's past at the Hagia Sophia Museum
The Hagia Sophia Museum has a long history, dating back to the 6th century when it was originally built as a Greek Orthodox Church. In the following centuries, it converted to a Roman Catholic Church, reverted to Greek Orthodox then became a mosque. Since 1935, it has served as a secular museum and symbol of Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia achieved UNESCO World Heritage recognition in 1985.
Cited as a superb example of Byzantine architecture, Hagia Sophia's dome draws the most attention of all its remarkable features and measures 182 feet at its peak.
Ancient, decorative mosaics adorn the main gates and many of the walls inside Hagia Sophia. Visitors will also find lustration urns, the impressive Imperial Gate, the Marble Door, and four minarets towering over the main building.
Private tours of the Hagia Sophia museum are available on request.