Hagia Sophia: From January 15th, a ticket is entered for foreign visitors

How much will it cost to enter Hagia Sophia?

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"The visit to the Hagia Sophia Mosque will be paid for foreign citizens from January 15, 2024," announced Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, while the prayer and visit will be free for Turkish citizens.

Justifying his decision, Ersoi stated that "the Hagia Sophia mosque is one of the most important cultural and tourist centers in the world. We have made some arrangements to protect this important structure and ensure that visitors enjoy a better experience. One of these arrangements is to introduce a ticket to foreign citizens to visit the Hagia Sophia mosque. Its application will start from January 15, 2024".

How much will it cost to enter the Hagia Sophia Mosque?

It has not yet been announced how much the fee for visiting the Hagia Sophia mosque will be for foreign citizens. However, the entrance from which foreign visitors will enter will change. It will be from the upper gate/portico, where Topkapi Palace is located, and they will exit normally through the exit door, Ersoy said.

Completion of preliminary works for the maintenance and restoration of Hagia Sophia

The architect Ihsan Sari, who for the last two years has also been a member of the Scientific Council of Hagia Sophia, said in his statements that "the restoration work in Hagia Sophia will begin in 2024 and will last for many years".

He added that as part of the restoration, a digital twin of the Hagia Sophia was created and that the actual overall restoration will begin soon after, as well as that the main structure was examined from a static point of view, while stressing that there is a possibility that the Beyazid II minaret could be dismantled and repaired. and that the restorations of the tombs of Selim II, Murat III and Mehmet III will be completed within 6 months.

Regarding the visitation of the mosque, the architect Sari emphasized that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism as well as the Scientific Council have not commented on the closure of the monument to both visitors and believers during the restoration work, pointing out: "We have an obligation to carry out the restoration while it is open to visitors. It is a monumental work. It is a monument that is dear both to the world and to us, and we have the opportunity to restore it while it is open to both visitors and prayer."