Known as Aya Sofya and translated as 'Church of Divine Wisdom,' Haghia Sophia is famous throughout the world as the finest remaining example of Byzantine architecture. Its enormous dome rises to fifty six metres, and appears to hang in the heavens. When Mehmet the Conqueror invaded the city in 1453, he was struck with the beauty of the heavenly structure, and dedicated it as a mosque. When the Turkish Republic was founded it became a museum, which it remains today. Wander around and take in the mosaics and Ottoman shields.
It's 10YTL to enter the grounds and main floor; and a further 10YTL for admission to the gallery.
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