One of the most important Byzantine structures ever created, the Hagia Sophia was originally built as a Christian basilica almost 1,500 years ago. The heart-stopping details to be found in the interior include mosaics of Christ, the Virgin Mary and numerous Byzantine emperors. To this day, gazing up at its 55m-high dome is an experience unlike any other.
Istanbul's famed Ottoman-era historical imperial mosque
Home to more than one million ancient artefacts
Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art
Home stadium of one of Istanbul’s most storied clubs