Guided tour

Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour

Activity provider: Istanbul Tourist Pass®

Hagia Sophia: Entry with Guided Tour

Activity provider: Istanbul Tourist Pass®
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Enter the magnificent Hagia Sophia, which is the world’s largest place of worship, built by Emperor Justinian in 532 AD. Enjoy a guided tour inside and see the tallest dome of the largest Christian church in the world.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a tour with a local guide
  • See the great architecture of the Hagia Sophia
  • Learn why it has always been an important monument
Full description

Travel back in time to experience the story of the ancient Hagia Sophia on a guided tour in Istanbul. Trace how this iconic site has transformed over time with a local guide. Uncover stunning details as you explore this architectural gem.

Meet with your professional local guide in front of Hagia Sophia. Hear a short history of the Old City then start the Hagia Sophia Tour.  Your guide will explain the mystery of the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires.

Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been a precious building. 

Includes
  • Entry to Hagia Sophia
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Free time at the monument
  • Transport to or from the meeting point
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Date

Meeting point

Meet at the Sultanahmet BusForUs stop in front of the Hagia Sophia. Look out for the red double-decker buses. The guide will have a flag with the Istanbul Tourist Pass logo on it. All children will be asked to present their valid passports at the entrance of the museums as proof of age.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card for children

Know before you go

  • This attraction cannot be directly accessed by presenting the GetYourGuide voucher. You must attend the guided tour
  • All children will be asked to present their valid passports at the entrance of the museums in order to validate their age
  • Due to COVID-19 measures, the visit duration and time can vary depending on the cleaning and disinfectant schedules of the authorities
  • Remember to wear modest clothing (arms and legs covered). Women must cover their hair with a scarf. If you forget to bring your own scarf, you can buy one before you enter
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 922 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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This is the most perfect way to visit this ancient Mosque. Our guide was lovely and even though we did stand in the line, it moved very quickly. Remember to cover heads, knees and shoulders for ladies, men to cover knees. The police are very strict. We sat on the carpet in the mosque like eager children lapping up every word of our guide. She was riveting. Afterwards we took our time soaking up the fabulous energy without rushing

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June 25, 2022

The guide has a compelling sense of history and recounted how the structure evolved and passed through various stages in history. he has a very deep understanding of the various periods the Romans then the Christians and then the ottomans. Also he was accommodative of various questions asked at different stage. Further the guide told us to take pictures later as there is enough time to those later and soak in wat he had to say. this was quote apt.

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May 7, 2022

I’m not a big fan of guided tours, especially with groups, so this was perfect for me - not too long, gave the basic facts and showed the key bits very clearly and then ended inside to let us explore further. Well organised and reasonably priced. Important: bring something to cover your hair if you’re a woman and be aware that you will be asked to take your shoes off, as Sophia is now a mosque.

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May 4, 2022

Product ID: 192699