Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Turkey  /  Istanbul  /  Arap Camii

Arap Camii, Istanbul

4.8
Tucked away between modern buildings and surrounded by artisan shops lies Arap Camii, an architectural gem chock-full of history. Originally a Byzantine church stood here, dating back to the 6th century. In the 13th century, a small Roman Catholic chapel replaced the church, and later expanded in the 14th century. That structure is what you see today: the country's only remaining example of medieval religious Gothic architecture. In the late 15th century Ottomans converted the church into a mosque under the reign of Sultan Mehmed II. Visit this still-active place of worship to admire the richly decorated interior and unique architectural style. Use our Istanbul trip builder to arrange your visit to Arap Camii and other attractions in Istanbul.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Arap Camii
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Arap Camii Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
34 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • Great woodwork. Worth seeing for that alone. Wonderful environs and lots and great activity around the mosque.  more »
  • Built by Muslim Arabs during their first attempt to invade and colonise Pera (Galata) it was converted to a church before being reclaimed as a mosque with the conquest of Constantinople. It was given....  more »
  • Oldest mosque in Istanbul, from the Byzantium era. Located down a little from the Galata Tower and Comondo Stairs. Very peaceful. Worth the visit.  more »
Google
  • What a gem in the middle of a rusty Karakoy District. The Mosque is in a great shape and maintained well. I believe it was built in 12th Century
  • One of the oldest masjids in Istanbul and one of the rare gothic-style architected masjids. A lot of historical significance associated with this masjid.
  • Incredible architecture, you must visit.
  • It’s beautiful I didn’t know that was the first mosque build by Muslims when they came to Istanbul . Just beautiful 😍
  • One of the oldest moques in istanbul. Unique arabic architecture.

Plan your trip to Istanbul

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Istanbul

See all ›
4.7
Duration:2 h 30 min
4.4
Duration:2 h 30 min
4.3
Duration:1 h
4.3
Duration:1 h

Historic Sites in Istanbul

See all ›
4.9
Duration:1 h
4.8
Duration:2 h
4.7
Duration:1 h
4.7
Duration:30 min

Hidden gems in Istanbul

4.4
Duration:1 h 30 min
4.8
Duration:1 h 30 min
4.2
Duration:1 h

Museums in Istanbul

See all ›
4.3
Duration:1 h 30 min
4.4
Duration:1 h 30 min

Shopping in Istanbul

See all ›
3.8
Duration:1 h 30 min
4.2
Duration:2 h
4.8
Duration:1 h 30 min
5.0
Duration:4 h

Nearby attractions in Istanbul

4.4
Duration:1 h
4.5
Duration:2 h
4.3
Duration:1 h
4.8
Duration:2 h
4.2
Duration:2 h
4.8
Duration:3 h

Plans to Arap Camii by other users

30 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM FRANCE April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 45 days in Cairo & Istanbul BY A USER FROM CANADA April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN April, relaxing, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM TURKEY April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM INDONESIA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 38 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM TURKEY March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM INDONESIA March, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 25 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM TURKEY March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM ALGERIA April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
See more plans