From now on, tourists will have to pay twenty-five euros, or approximately nine thousand five hundred forints, to visit Hagia Sophia. The measure came after UNESCO proposed a new visitor management plan to preserve the historic site.
In Istanbul, Europe meets Asia, and this unique fusion is what makes it so exciting and colourful. But it has one attraction that stands out beyond the city skyline. And this is none other than Hagia Sophia.
The 1,600-year-old Byzantine cathedral turned mosque is one of Istanbul's most popular attractions. But now tourists have to pay exorbitant amounts to enjoy it.
Visitors to the mosque must pay a ticket of twenty-five euros (9,500 Hungarian forints) for the previously free visit.
Hagia Sophia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and receives approximately 3.5 million visitors each year. In order to preserve historical monuments, UNESCO proposed controlling the number of visitors and rethinking the visitor management plan. As a result, security cameras, fire detection systems and emergency call systems were installed and an entrance fee was charged to tourists.
This measure is expected to streamline the flow of visitors, reduce overcrowding, and effectively protect the historical and cultural importance of Hagia Sophia.
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