Hagia Sophia Artifacts Museum opened

2023-07-26 16:11:29 | Last Update : 2023-07-26 16:18:42

Istanbul has a new museum. The "Hagia Sophia Museum", which tells the history of the Hagia Sophia Mosque from Byzantium to the Ottoman Empire, opened its doors to visitors in Sultanahmet Square.

Hagia Sophia Artifacts Museum opened
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Established by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism as a result of three years of work in the Former Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre building, the museum takes visitors on a journey through time with both its historical collection and digital experience areas.

The first floor of the museum brings together objects and artworks related to the history of Hagia Sophia. Among the artifacts compiled from the collections of various museums as well as the Hagia Sophia's storerooms, there is also the waqf written by Mehmed the Conqueror for the Hagia Sophia Mosque.

Mosaics from the Hagia Sophia Mosque, a prayer rug used in Hagia Sophia in the 18th century, calligraphy plates and historical Mushafs are also among the artifacts that can be seen in the museum. In the space, which is thought to be prepared mostly for foreign visitors, Christian icons and objects considered sacred are also presented to the curious.


On the second and third floors of the museum, the history of Hagia Sophia is told digitally with animations and visual effects. 

However, "Muzekart" is not valid in the museum affiliated to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Ticket prices are set at 250 liras for local visitors.

Source: turkiyegazetesi.com.tr - Murat Oztekin

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