In 2020, Hagia Sophia has been converted into a mosque and there is no entrance fee when visiting the monument. A few things you should know when you are visiting Hagia Sophia are as below:
Christians, Jews, and people of other faiths are all welcome at Hagia Sophia.Before entering the mosque’s carpets, you should remove your shoes.
You are kindly requested to be quiet during the five daily prayers at the mosque, not to make so much noise, and not to run in front of others while they pray. On Friday worship at noon, certain parts of the mosque are temporarily closed to avoid disturbing people praying.
Please be advised that women must wear a head covering when they enter the Hagia Sophia. Head scarves are available for free at the entrance. No shorts or sleeveless shirts on either men or women are allowed. It is permissible to take pictures, but you should not photograph the individuals in prayer.
There are also numerous guided tours available, and they’re highly suggested because Hagia Sophia has a long history. Because there is no entrance fee, the cost of guided visits was reduced. There are few things more nerve-wracking than trekking around. It’s far better to learn everything there is to know about the structure, mosaics, imperial dome, upper galleries, and current decoration with the help of a knowledgeable guide. Keep an eye out for unofficial guides (official guides should have an official badge).
It’s essential that you allot at least 60 minutes for the visit. 90 minutes, on the other hand, is preferable. Visit at the height of the day, when natural light inside will enhance your appreciation of the space considerably. It’s better to avoid eye contact. It is best not to engage with people who are begging, as well as individuals passing by and asking for assistance or money. Avoid weekends and Friday prayer at noon, as the mosque will be more crowded with locals.