The VR Shop

VR, AR, MR and AI News and Reviews

Hagia Sophia VR Experience (Steam VR)

Hagia Sophia VR Experience (Steam VR)

VR Shop Score – Bronze Award

System: Valve Index, HTC Vive & Oculus Rift
Price at Time Of Review: £7.19
Comfort Rating: Green
Genre: Virtual Tour
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers,
Best Playing Position: Sitting, Standing, Room-Scale
Multi-Player: No
Age Rating: PG


Description: After the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire in 1453, it was converted to a mosque by Mehmed the Conqueror. The patriarchate moved to the Church of the Holy Apostles, which became the city’s cathedral. Although some parts of the city had fallen into disrepair, the cathedral had been maintained with funds set aside for this purpose, and the Christian cathedral made a strong impression on the new Ottoman rulers who conceived its conversion. The bells, altar, iconostasis, ambo and baptistery were removed and relics destroyed. The mosaics depicting Jesus, his mother Mary, Christian saints, and angels were eventually destroyed or plastered over. Islamic architectural features were added, such as a minbar (pulpit), four minarets, and a mihrab – a niche indicating the direction of prayer (qibla). From its initial conversion until the construction in 1616 of the nearby Sultan Ahmed Mosque, aka the Blue Mosque, it was the principal mosque of Istanbul.

Review: ‘Hagia Sophia VR Experience’ is not the first app to offer a virtual tour of the Holy Mosque, but it does have to be said that it is one of the better ones. You teleport around the Mosque to various points of interest where a narration piece is waiting for you to listen to (in English). Graphically the app is great and one of the best looking virtual tours of the Holy Mosque I have seen, but there is a lack of educational material here. To the right person, this might well be worth the rather high £7.19 price tag, but that person wasn’t me. I do like it and did enjoy it, but there are plenty of free apps that offer much the same thing.

Download Now

Leave a Reply