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Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus)

34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 227 44 80
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34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 227 44 80
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Any travel book will tell you about Aya Sofia, the huge byzantine church that was converted to a mosque and is now a museum. Good travel books will probably drop a few lines about the existence of this much smaller church from the same period...More

Thank R_TheReader
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We just stumbled upon this as it was quite close to our hotel and it really is a little gem. Just like the last reviewer, I agree a very calm place and hardly any other tourists. You can really take your time, it is fantastic!...More

2  Thank Jaxi
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Küçük Ayasofya (or Little Ayasofya) is a place that tourists should not miss. Although it has the same name as the original Ayasofya but it is different. The place is calm with cafe's at its side. The locals there are friendly, and they have a...More

1  Thank Rasmi17
Reviewed 10 June 2014

A walk further down and to the left of Sokullu Mehmet Paşa, this is a pretty church - now quite active mosque - and graveyard with a painted interior.

Thank NicJBoston
Reviewed 9 June 2014

This beatiful little fifth century gem is frequently overlooked by most travelers. It was the "pre-study" for its big brother, the Hagia Sophia, about a fifteen minute walk away and up the hill. A marvellous piece of Byzantine archtecture - and without the crowds. At...More

Thank Pbwillis1246
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Küçük Ayasofya ("Little Ayasofya") is a charming spot in Istanbul. For the ones who go to Istanbul and stay around Sultanahmet, you may take a walk and visit this spot as well. It's a small, human space, always quiet and peaceful. On the several occasions...More

Thank Joana R
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Its a nice mosque without all the hordes of tourists. It is a beautiful place not far from the main attractions and should be visited

1  Thank noelzach
Reviewed 1 June 2014

once it was a christian church and then it turned to a mosque finally it become a museum one of the best historical places i visited very big they provide you with a electronic guide that have many language it was good and worth money...More

1  Thank Kero A
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Worth a visit to see the early design of mosques under the Ottoman Empire at the foot of the hill, even allowing for the uphill climb back. The domes, arches and the support beams are painted and etched exquisitely. A single minaret anchors the base.

Thank T N R
Reviewed 29 May 2014

This is interesting as it was built by Justinian and Theodora and show the architecture of this type of design quite clearly. You can also go upstairs and get a different perspective on the building. Unfortunately none of the mosaics have survived, but it is...More

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stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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Response from Filiz510 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure if my comment was posted. This mosque was a church built around 580 A.D. to test the possibility of setting a dome on a square base. It worked! And the great cathedral of St. Sophia (Aya Sofiya) was built on its... More