Ayasofya (Hagia Sofia), Istanbul, Turkey

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We visited the Hagia Sofia on our last full day in Istanbul. It was beautiful, dramatic and such a meaningful way to end our trip here. We chose to do a self guide but I’d imagine some of the official tour guides had fascinating tales to share.

Like the Wishing Column…from the museum site, The legend has it that, Emperor Justinian wandering in the building with a severe headache leaned his head to this column and after a while he realized that the headache was gone. According to another legend, this wetness is described as the tear of Virgin Mary.today, people make their wishes by rotating their thumb a complete clockwise tour inside the hole.

Ayasofya Meydanı, Sultanahmet Fatih/İSTANBUL

Hagia Sophia Museum is available everyday for visiting except Mondays. Visiting hours of summer schedule are 09:00-19:00 with the last entrance time of 18:00.

Ticket Price: 25 TL.

Read more about our trip to Istanbul here.

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