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Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Skip-the-line Ticket & Guided Tour

Product ID: 128610
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Take a tour of Hagia Sophia with an expert guide. Skip the lines at this top monument and learn about its history as a church, mosque, and museum and see the mosaics gallery.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the lines and enter the Hagia Sophia without delay
  • Enjoy a tour with an expert guide and learn about Byzantine architecture
  • See elements of the former church and mosque side by side in the interior
Full description
Visit the Hagia Sophia, the most significant site of the Greek Orthodox religion in Istanbul and learn how it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople.

On this 2-hour tour you’ll skip the lines and explore the museum with a licensed guide. In the interior you’ll see elements of a mosque and of a church standing next to each other. Admire the basilica’s stunning dome and minarets, and countless mosaics, paintings, columns, and mosaics gallery.

Learn how the impressive İznik tiles were added over time, how the stunning Virgin Mary mosaic was made, and why the Ottomans chose to bury their sultans in the courtyard.
Includes
  • Licensed guide
  • Skip-the-line admission ticket for Hagia Sophia
  • Small-group walking tour
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Lunch and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years

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Meeting point

The meeting point is the House of Medusa restaurant in Sultanahmet.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Children under 8 years of age must show a valid photo ID
• The small-group tour has a maximum of 8 participants
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From £27.06 £21.65 per person

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Product ID: 128610