Disabled Access At The Hagia Sophia


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Disabled Access At The Hagia Sophia

  1. 1. Disabled Access at the Hagia Sophiawww.sagetraveling.com/Disabled-Access-at-the-Hagia-Sophia
  2. 2. Disabled access at the Hagia Sophia is provided by wheelchair accessibleramps.The entrance is at the west corner of the building at the intersection ofAlemdar street and Ayasofya Meydani street. There is level access at theticket booth and metal detector. www.sagetraveling.com
  3. 3. After passing the metal detectors, you will reach the building entrancewhere you will find a small ramp (4 star flatness, 1 meter long) downand another small 1 meter ramp with a small step down. www.sagetraveling.com
  4. 4. A third small 1 meter ramp will bring youto the main area of the church/mosque.The ground floor of building is smooth andstep-free. The upper floor of the building isnot wheelchair accessible due to a windingcobblestone path and steps. www.sagetraveling.com
  5. 5. Is there a wheelchair accessible entrance? Yes, you can buy ticketsat the west corner of the building at the intersection of Alemdar andAyasofya Meydani where disabled access is provided by ramps toget over a couple of small steps at the entrance.Is the door push/pull, revolving, automated by a button, or motionactivated? The doors are kept open during times of decent weather.In other times a staff member can assist you. www.sagetraveling.com
  6. 6. Where is the closest place that cars/taxis can drop-off people? Atthe ticket entrance which is at the intersection of Alemdar andAyasofya Meydani. What are the nearby tram stations? Sultanahmetis the closest station and is slightly uphill from the Hagia Sophia. www.sagetraveling.com
  7. 7. Are there cobblestones or hills leading to the entrance? Flat nearthe entrance with some cobblestones (4 star smoothness).What percentage of the attraction can be viewed without having togo up steps? The upstairs area has a winding cobblestone path andsteps to reach it. By staying on the ground, you can see 70% of theHagia Sophia. www.sagetraveling.com
  8. 8. Are there loaner wheelchairs? Book an accessible hotel room hereand Ill find out for youIs the door wide enough for a wheelchair?Are there grab bars?Is there a space to position a wheelchair next to the toilet? www.sagetraveling.com
  9. 9. Are there guided tours that don’t have to go up steps No guidedtours by Hagia Sophia staff. You can hire private guides if you want atour. In this case, 70% of the tour will be step-free.Does advance notice need to be given for……handicapped parking? No…opening of an accessible entrance? No…loaner wheelchairs? No…accessible tours? No www.sagetraveling.com
  10. 10. Is there a discount for someone with a disability and/or their companion? No• Opening Hours: 9.30-16.30 every day• How many hours do most able-bodied tourists spend there on their first visit? Less than 1 hrWebsite: http://www.kultur.gov.tr/Email: ayasofyamuzesi@hotmail.comAddress: Sultanahmet 34400, Istanbul, TurkeyTelephone: +90 212 5221750, +90 212 5220989, or +90 212 5284500 www.sagetraveling.com
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  12. 12.  We look forward to making your accessible dream vacation a reality!  Call Us: 1-888-645-7920 Contact us at info@sagetraveling.com www.sagetraveling.com/Disabled-Access-at-the-Hagia-Sophia