FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Hagia Sophia

Is there a dress code at Hagia Sophia?

Yes, there is a dress code at Hagia Sophia. Since the Hagia Sophia Mosque is a place of prayer, all guests are expected to avoid shorts and sleeveless tops. Women must wear a headscarf to enter; you can find one with a charge near the entrance. You must also leave your shoes outside before entering.  >> For more additional information

What is the best time to visit Hagia Sophia?


It is best to visit the Hagia Sophia Mosque during the early hours of the morning to experience fewer crowds; avoid Friday afternoons, as it remains closed to non-worshippers during prayers. Try to visit during the winter months to experience pleasant weather.  >> For more additional information

Can I enter anytime during operating hours?

You can enter the mosque during prayer time. Since the prayer and tourism sections have been separated, you can enter the Hagia Sophia whenever you want.  >> For more additional information

How much time does it take to visit the Hagia Sophia?

You can finish touring the Hagia Sophia in about 30 to 45 minutes; however, if you book a guided tour, it will take you around an hourYou can stay inside the monument for as long as you want. We recommend you book a guided tour to have a hassle-free and more informative experience.  >> For more additional information

Where is the Hagia Sophia located in Istanbul?

Hagia Sophia is located in the European part of Sultanahmet square. Its address is Sultanahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih in İstanbul, Turkey

What is the best way to get to Hagia Sophia?

The best way to reach Hagia Sophia is via tram or metro. If travelling by tram, take tram line T1 to Sultanahmet Square, and for the metro, take the M2 line to Sultanahmet Station..  >> For more additional information 

How many entrances are there at the Hagia Sophia?

There are nine entrances at the Hagia Sophia, but visitors can only use one through the gate in front of the main gate of Topkapi Palace and the water fountain.

Is the Hagia Sophia wheelchair accessible?

The first floor of Hagia Sophia Mosque is wheelchair-accessible. Unfortunately, tourists can only visit the second floor of the structure, where wheelchairs are not accessible.

Are Strollers allowed in the Hagia Sophia?

Yes, stroller are allowed inside Hagia Sophia, but you have to leave them at the door.

Is photography permitted inside the Hagia Sophia?

Yes, you can click pictures inside Hagia Sophia, but avoid taking pictures of people who are praying.

Will my luggage be allowed inside the Hagia Sophia?

Big luggage bags are not allowed inside Hagia Sophia. There is no cloakroom available for public use at the Hagia Sophia Mosque.

Can I see everything in one visit?

Yes, you can explore every minaret and mosaic inside the Hagia Sophia and Hagia Sophia museum in one visit. You can opt for a 1-hour guided tour to delve deeper into Hagia Sophia's history and have a more informative experience.

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