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Arap Camii, Istanbul

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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.
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  • A nice mosque said to have been made in the eighth century. Karaköy located far from large courtyard from the review; large and spacious inside a mosque.
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  • 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 »
  • It is a mosque that was once the Catholic Church. So was quaint with a typical mosque. View from the second floor was indeed building made me think about the Church itself.
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  • A hidden gem. Beautifully restored with exquisite timber interior, pillars and ceiling as well as a timber minaret. We visited around midday on a Sunday and the place was deserted - only us!!
  • First mosque in Istanbul, built in the times of Maslamah bin Abdul Malik from the 2nd siege of Constantinople in 717-718, very historical 😃😃😃
  • Good place
  • Hazrat Maselma Bin Abdul Maalik RA
  • Arab mosque located in İstanbul's Beyoğlu district of Galata. Built in the Gothic style, this structure until the conquest of İstanbul called San Paola de San Domenico Church in 1876 after the conquest, this structure. In case the Arab mosque although most conceivable variety of traditions with a Memorial close to the region of the Arabs from Spain after this name Ahmed.. It is noteworthy as well as building minarets. The old Gothic bell tower with a cone made by adding the extra. Mosque for many years in various periods, although it has entered in to repair vision Gothic air. There is a pulpit Baroque style in 1913 in latest repair and State men belonging to the Cenevizlilere during the tombstones and inscriptions belonging to the İstanbul archaeological museum has been removed can be seen in the Museum today.
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