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Arap Camii, Istanbul

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • This mosque is one of the most unusual places of Istanbul, in my opinion. Rich history, unusual appearance, interesting inner content-it's not all that can be said about this place. I knew one mosque in Istanbul, of course, is Agia Sophia, which was originally a temple not Muslim but Christian, altered by the Ottomans in the mosque. But now even Arap Camil. Initially in his place back in the 13 century was St. Paul's Chapel. Then in the early 14 century Dominican monks rebuilt it in the Catholic Church, whose decoration and Catholic symbols recognized today, though after the Ottoman victory Temple became Muslim. An amazing story, isn't it? Highly recommend a visit.
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  • The former Gothic Catholic Church was transformed after the capture of Constantinople by the troops of the Fatih Mosque. However, like the Hagia Sophia, the Church reacted quite carefully-all Gothic saved why Mosque is particularly interesting to examine. Very friendly people-keepers themselves approached, offered to show a mosque.
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