Explore Hagia Sophia
Book a hotel near Hagia Sophia, Istanbul with Hotels.com. The ancient Byzantine Hagia Sophia is one of Istanbul’s most popular attractions. Gaze at the religious frescoes and mosaics and go up the stone steps for a closer look at the huge domed ceilings. Hagia Sophia was originally a Byzantine church, which was turned into a mosque after the Ottomans captured the city. Located in Sultanahmet, heart of Istanbul’s old city on the European side, Hagia Sophia is near many of Istanbul’s best hotels as well as the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. Hotels.com offers a range of accommodation near Hagia Sophia, accessible from the Sultanahmet tram stop. Don’t miss the 10th-century golden mosaics of Christ on the upper balcony, or the ancient Byzantine sculptured stones in the leafy grounds of Hagia Sophia.