A ticket system has been introduced at the Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul

В Стамбуле ввели билетную систему в мечети Айя-София

Turkish authorities refer to the country’s Ministry of Culture, which decided to divide visitors into tourists and Muslim parishioners. The Government said that restoration work is planned at the mosque, and different entrances will reduce queues. The minister noted that religious residents of the country do not need to pay for entry.


Work began in 2023 with the installation of video surveillance systems, emergency notification, fire prevention and elimination. In the fall, the marble surface of the railings on the gallery floor was cleaned and preserved, which can now be viewed by travelers from other countries. In 2024-2025 Restorers will work on finishing the minarets and the external façade. They will additionally strengthen the building against strong earthquakes.


Officials note that the resumption of services will not affect the security in the oldest temple, its cultural and historical status. The entrance fee, according to Turkish authorities, will help complete the restoration project and preserve the site for posterity. 

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