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Arap Camii, Istanbul

(4.7/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web)
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. See Arap Camii and all Istanbul has to offer by arranging your trip with our Istanbul travel itinerary planner.
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  • 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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  • again after the renovation was a living place must see very different internal atmosphere.
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  • Perşembepazarı, located in an ancient and historic Karaköy mosque once Church. As a result, translated into a mosque and after restoration work revealed a great work out. Absolutely nice sights and a different mosque. If it falls your way to the neighborhood surrounding Karaköy craftsmen will show you the way to friends problem. Look around, you will appreciate.
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