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Located in the heart of Sultanahmet, Hagia Sopfia, an icon for religious affairs, political institutions, and artistic pinpoint for both the Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire, has served as a cathedral, a mosque, and a museum throughout the years. Once again it is serving as an important site of Muslim worship where visitors may find gold tiles, Christian mosaics and Islamic inscriptions in its breathtaking interior and its distinctive dome and minarets. The mosque is in walking distance from many historical sights such as The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), The Spice Bazaar, and The Topkapı Palace. The mosque was built in 537 and today it is still one of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul.
Travel Times: 12 KM – 50 Min by Private Transportation
Recommended Visit Hours: Recommended visiting time is 9 AM – 11 AM on Weekdays.
Recommended Span of Visit: 1 – 2 Hours depending on availability.
Tips and Things to Know Before You Visit: Women needs to be wearing headscarves when entering the mosque. There are coverings available for free of charge, however, if you prefer your own, make sure to pack one for your visit. It is also important to note that both men and women must be wearing full-length skirts, dresses, or pants, as well as long sleeves. Visitors also must remove their shoes before entering. Try to avoid visiting at prayer hours, especially at noon praying on a Friday.