The most visited museums among all museums is Hagia Sophia; It is one of the world's leading monuments in the history of art and architecture. Hagia Sophia is considered as “the eighth wonder of the world” which built by East Roman Philon in the 6th century. Hagia Sophia is the third structure, done in a different architectural style, even though it still the same place as the former two. Aya Sophia has seen numerous transformations throughout history from church to mosque to museum
This structure was built in Emperor Justinianos era (527-565) by Isidoros (Miletus)and Anthemios (Tralles) During the construction works, 100 architects along with two chief architects. Its construction started on 23 February 532 and was completed in a short period of 5 years and 10 months and was opened for worship with a big ceremony on 27 December 537.
The church, which was 916 years old, was converted into a mosque by Sultan Fatih Mehmed after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453 and used as a mosque for 482 years. In 1935, upon the order of Atatürk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia opened its doors as a museum.
The Hagia Sophia Museum is open to visitors every day
According to the winter program, the last entrance to the museum is 16.00; According to the summer program, the museum can be visited between 09.00 - 19.00 and the last entrance to the museum is 18.00.