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  • Languages English, Turkish
  • Duration 60 Minutes

The Hagia Sophia Mosque (Ayasofya Cami) was built as a christian church in 532-537 and used as a church for 916 years. After the conquering of Constantinople, it was used as a mosque for 481 years. Finally Atatürk, the founder of Republic of Turkey, decided for it to be used as a museum since 1935.

Where the Hagia Sophia is standing today used to be a wooden roofed basilica, way back in 324 A.D. The church was known as Megale Ecclesia (The Great Church) and was burnt in 404 A.D.

Emperor Theodosius then built a bigger church, but it was damaged during the Nika Revolt in 532 A.D. When the 4th Crusade came into city, many things were stolen from the Hagia Sophia. Iconoclastic Crusaders eradicated many images in the Hagia Sophia Church, too. But not to worry, there is still so much to see for you!

It became a mosque again on 20 July 2020 and some of the gold mosaics are covered with white fabric because of prayer, although can still be seen from underneath.

I would love to show you this magnificent building and tell you all about it.

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  • Group Ticket

    We're trying to keep things as personal as possible, but sometimes sitting around one device isn't an option. If you want to share the experience with loved ones who can't be with you, add a Group Ticket for up to 5 extra devices!

    25 €
  • Photographs

    Ask your host to take a photo at any point during the tour. You can even direct them to the exact spot that you want to have captured! The photos will have a high resolution and will be sent to you after the tour has finished.

    Free
  • Booklet

    Get a PDF with information shared during the tour, photos and links for further research!

    5 €
  • You've got mail!

    Are you a postcard lover? Choose one from the many shops on the way and your host will mail it to you after the tour!

    5 €
  • Souvenir

    What's a visit without a souvenir? Your host will buy one for you while on the call! You can choose between a small fridge-magnet, keyring or statuette and it will be posted to you after the tour has finished.

    20 €

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  • Curtis
    4 January 2021 at 02:09

    5+ star experience. Zeki is incredibly informative, fun, and patient – all the makings of a fantastic guide. He turned what was a holiday gift experience for my mother into an in-depth and exciting family journey. The Hagia Sophia is without a doubt a stunning structure and element of history. Highly recommend.

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Zeki

Hello everybody!
My name is Zeki and I am an official licensed tour guide in Istanbul, Turkey. I have 13 years of experience working in tourism and enjoy meeting new people from different cultures and countries. I am really happy to explain our history to people and open minded about learning other countrie's history as well. You are always welcome to my profile and I will be glad to meet you and your family.

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