Hagia Sophia Museum
The present Ayasofya is the third builing of the same name that was constructed in the same place.
first great church called megala eklesia serving as the cathedral was constructed by emperor constantinus but The church was completed byConstantine the second , son of Constantine the great in 360. first Great Church Openning ceremony was held on february 15th in 360 A.D. it had a basillica plan and was covered by a wooden roof. the relationship between empress Aelia Eudoksia , wife of arcadios, and patriarch Yannis Khrysostomos was very bad. Yannis Khrysostomos was put in prison as a punishment. at the same time , big earthquake was happenned in istanbul. Aelia Eudoksia thought that this event was message from god to her .hence Yannis Khrysostomos was released. Aelia Eudoksia want to erect her silver statue near the Hagia sophia to make her name immortal. but patriarch Yannis Khrysostomos violently crtitcised empress Aelia Eudoksia. he made alot of bad preaching about this statue. Yannis Khrysostomos was exiled to Armenia as a penalty. people who adored Yannis Khrysostomos made riot in istanbul on 20 th june in 404. First hagia sophia was set on fire during a riot which was happenned in reign of emperor arcadios in 404.
After reconstruction , it was rededicated by theodosios the second in 415 . it had survived up to nika revolt which was happened in hipodrome in 532. appro. 30000 people was killed by order of Justinian the great who was encouraged by his wife Teodora. Second hagia sophia had basical plan .
after nika revolt against to emperor justianian the great , ground was reclaimed for new hagia sophia construction. that's why, today ruins of second church located appro 2 metres deeper than current ground.
justinian the great constructed new hagia sophia which called divine wisdom of jesus christ. as a world largest cathedral. Hagia sophia was constructed in 5 years between year 532 and 537. Opening ceremony was held on december 27th 537 AD. church was planed by isodoros of miletus and anthemius of tralles. Cenral large dome with two half dome from western side and eastern side, differ from former basical shaped church.
After Istanbul was conquerred by Ottoman Sultan Mehmet the second on Tuesday may 29 1453. that is reason that romanian doesn't like tuesday . they call damned day for tuesday. in three day, it was convert into mosque for friday holly praying. they put carpets and mosaic was covered by plaster . because Image was not acceptable into mosque. It was mosque for 482 years. during Ottoman times , many restoaration was made in hagia sophia. especially dome was felt down two times due to earthquake. best restaration was made by Fassoti brothers in 1856. interior and exterior of hagia sophia was painted by them in yellow. a piece of hipodrome serpent columns was found in hagia sophia during this restoration.
Hagia sophia was transformed into museum bydecision of cabinet and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1935
THE REMNANTS OF THE THEODOSIUS 'S HAGIA SOPHIA
As ı mentioned above,The second hagia sophia was constructed by Theodosius . therefore second hagia sophia was called theodosius 's hagia sophia. it was planned by architect Rufinos. Today in hagia sophia museum, you can see sheep relief which symbolise twelve apostle of juses christ. if you account sheep . it is 10 sheeps instead of twelve sheeps. but other two sheeps reliefs locate in front of WC of Hagia sophia. Archaeological excavation of second hagia sophia was carried under direction of A. M. Schneider of German archaeological enstitute in Istanbul in 1935
THE THIRD HAGIA SOPHIA
The Third hagia sophia which stands today is a domed basical with a nave and two aisles. building was constructed in more less 6 years by one thousand master and ten thousand workers from all Rome emperial. on the 27th of december in 537 ,the dedication of the monument was celebrated by presence of epmreror justinian the great. the lofty and wide spanned dome symbolized the Cosmos and monument was considered as the most awe inspiring church of the Christianity world. The church covers an area of 7000 square meters. the dome is 56,6 meters high and diameter of dome is 32,5 meters, marble and other stone was brought to istanbul from varies places such as artemis temple of ephesus, some green marble from greece and pink marble from egypt. Apart from the congretational servicesthe crownings of a number of emperors were also performed in hagia sophia.
After the surrender of istanbul in 1453 ,Hagia sophia was converted into mosque by order of Sultan mehmet second in three days. First friday praying was performed in Hagia sophia on the first of june in 1453. ground was covered by Turkish Carpets. Mozaics was covered by plaster.the hagia sophia was mosque till 1935. it was converted into museum by order of cabinet and Atatürk.
Closed day : open every day except Monday
Admissian Fee : 72 Turk Liras ( appro 11 USD)
open in winter (off season) : 09:00-17:00 (door is closed one hour before closing)
open in summer: 09:00-19:00 (door is closed one hour before closing)
you can see this amazing building during İstanbul Guide Services and İstanbul Classics Tours