Hagia Sofia Private Walking Seminar

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Hagia Sophia, one of the most important buildings in the world
Hagia Sophia, one of the most important buildings in the world
Enjoy this group, scholar-led tour of the Hagia Sophia
Enjoy this group, scholar-led tour of the Hagia Sophia
Exterior of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Exterior of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
We will also spend significant time dealing with the exquisite mosaics
We will also spend significant time dealing with the exquisite mosaics
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
We will emerge at the end of our walk with a deeper appreciation of this most singular building and its influence throughout history
We will emerge at the end of our walk with a deeper appreciation of this most singular building and its influence throughout history
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
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What To Expect

Enjoy this private, scholar-led tour of the Hagia Sofia, one of the most important buildings in the world.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Istanbul
Departs From:
Istanbul
Meeting Point:
Breaktime Cafe
Duration:
3 hours
Availability:
daily except Monday at 9:30 AM; 2:00 PM
Product Code:
7208
Voucher info:
Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

The church of Hagia Sofia, originally constructed in the 6th century, represents the highest achievements of the Byzantine Empire. Considered to be one of the architectural wonders of the world, its light-infused interior, massive dome, and mosaics have inspired and challenged scholars for centuries. During this three-hour walk of the Hagia Sofia and surrounding context we'll unfold the many layers of this structure, from its Roman beginnings to its Ottoman resurrection.

In order to fully appreciate and understand the historical context of the Hagia Sofia, we'll begin our walk with the ancient Roman hippodrome (running track) and other remnants of the Roman empire that are located nearby. Here we will discuss the rise of Constantinople in the 4th century. Such elements of Roman engineering and city building as cisterns and sewers still remain in this area, which will allow us to talk about Roman urban planning and the foundations that were laid for the Byzantine Empire.

We then move to the Hagia Sofia (the church of holy wisdom) itself. Using the building as a kind of text, we will read the history of its construction, the rule of the emperor Justinian, and how the building came to be a major center for the Eastern Orthodox faith for nearly a millennium. We will pay particular attention to the architectural design and engineering of the structure, including its innovative dome, one of the largest in the world. We will also spend significant time dealing with the exquisite mosaics, some of which date to the 10th century and are considered among the world's art treasures.

We will conclude by turning our attention to the Ottoman reinvention and rescue of the building in the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was converted into a mosque but without significant rebuilding. We will emerge at the end of our walk with a deeper appreciation of this most singular building and its influence throughout history.

Highlights

  • Hagia Sofia

  • Hippodrome

  • Mosaic Museum

Includes

  • Service of a docent

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Entrance fee

Please Note

  • Entrance fees are 20 lira for Hagia Sophia at the time of publishing. Prices are subject to change without notice.

  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.

  • Hotel pick-up can be arranged with an additional fee. Please inquire.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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