An iconic symbol of Turkey’s historic capital, and one of the most spectacular man-made landmarks on the planet. Once the largest Church in the world, Istanbul’s awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia was constructed in the 6th century under the guidance of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I, and converted into a mosque following the Ottoman conquest of the city some eight centuries later.
Situated in the heart of Istanbul’s fascinating historic district, overlooking the sparkling waters of the Bosphorus, today, the Hagia Sophia is a designated museum, and, due to its spectacular, intricate beauty both inside and out, and its long and storied history, is an absolute must-see when visiting the city!
Avoid waiting in line, and discover the rich and fascinating history of one of the world’s most beautiful man-made landmarks, as well as the surrounding district, on this great value, small-group tour with an expert local guide.
From Istanbul’s incredible gastronomy and stunning array of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. To the awe-inspiring otherworldly rock formations of Cappadocia, and picturesque beaches and sparking, azure waters on the coast, Turkey is a beautiful and intoxicating place, rich in history, culture and adventure!Make My Trip
April and May, or mid September to late October, are the best periods to visit Istanbul, as the weather is generally warm and clear, and the city is not too crowded.
British Airways and Turkish Airlines operate regular direct flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul.
If you are joining and tour with a ‘skip the line’ ticket, then 1 hour is sufficient.
There are myriad landmarks and places of interest near the Hagia Sophia. The famous Sultan Ahmet Camii, also known as the ‘Blue Mosque’, is situated barely a stone's-throw away, whilst other notable nearby sights include Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar.
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