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Arap Camii

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Address: Istanbul, Turkey
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Oldest mosque in Istanbul

Oldest mosque in Istanbul, from the Byzantium era. Located down a little from the Galata Tower and Comondo Stairs. Very peaceful. Worth the visit.

Reviewed 18 April 2017
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Oldest mosque in Istanbul, from the Byzantium era. Located down a little from the Galata Tower and Comondo Stairs. Very peaceful. Worth the visit.

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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Arab Mosque is located in Galata district, istanbul. Originally it was San Paolo church. Then converted into mosque. Its one of the oldest mosque in Istanbul. Gothic style mosque. It's amazing. It's worth to visit. Recommended.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 17 March 2015

it used to be a catholic church constructed by the italians in 14th CAD with great frescoes which has been plastered by a renovation made in 2010.

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Istanbul - Turkey
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Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

The Arab Mosque is considered the oldest mosque in all Istanbul. It's built in the 8th century by the Umayyads who sieged Constantinople back then but failed to take it. They could only manage to capture Galata for a short period, where they got to build a mosque. After they left, it served as a catholic church for the Latins... More 

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istanbul
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

The building lies in Istanbul, in the district of Beyoğlu, in the neighborhood of Karaköy (medieval Galata), on Galata Mahkemesi Sokak, not far from the northern shores of the Golden Horn. It is surrounded by artisan shops.Easy to reach by public transportation,if you are in this area for any reason Please allow about half an hour for this one and... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

An 8th century mosque in Costantinople. Built by Muslims who captured Galata and besieged the city for one year. It was turned into a church then returned into a mosque by the ottomans. The natural lighting is very good. Very different from other mosques and churches around.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

The "Arap camii" (the Arab Mosque) is far more different to any other mosques in Istanbul, it was taken up as a mosque by the Ummayads as opposed to the Ottamans, hence the difference in style. The atmosphere and essence is felt as soon as you walk in. opposite the mosque there is a "madrasah" (school) where you will see... More 

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Sakarya Province, Turkey
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

It is amazing mosque by his athmosphere. Notice the exits if you visit. After praying you wont go out by turning the entrance. You directly go out by walking though forward. Why? Because of not turning your back to Kiblah. This is the philosophy of Arap Mosque from the year of 717 !!!

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Istanbul
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

It is nice mosque which was originally church... Arches and columns are making this place different in the city...

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Beyoglu
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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