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Little Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

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Originally built as an octagonal church topped by a large central dome, Little Hagia Sophia inspired the design of Hagia Sophia. Legend has it that Byzantine Emperor Justinian commissioned the church in 527 to honor the patron saints of soldiers, Saints Sergius and Bacchus, who saved him from a death sentence. Take an all-encompassing view of the interior from the gallery. The white walls, once covered in golden mosaics, are now adorned with Arabic calligraphy. Notice the inscription in Greek around the central nave dedicated to the Emperor Justinian, his wife Theodora, and Saint Sergius. The outside court features a small garden, a fountain, several teahouses, bookshops, and calligraphy boutiques. A small cemetery north of the building houses the grave of Hüseyin Ağa, the 16th-century founder of the mosque. Put Little Hagia Sophia at the forefront of your travel plans using our Istanbul road trip app .
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  • Unfortunately, it was under maintenance i could not do the visit but i will do so next time for sure.  more »
  • These places listening for entrance locations and peace to see me my wife and my kid, little Hagia Sophia I Maria enormous gas smells old guzel when squiggly date so it gets me to anyone but my predecessors and guzel sahaser ken just my ancestors, I am so proud of everyone's nickname: the place to boron
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  • Admire the columns except Ayasofyayı nothing will remind you of stonework; simply in the mood for a good, but not amazing ceiling paintings mosque walls are painted white like a new mosque mosaic and pictures here to see people not be disappointed very big dreams don't go with my skin; The best exchange of knowing inside go around however so many historic sites already but there is while.
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  • Now this is a mosque, so mind your clothes before entering it. This is an open museum you don’t need to buy any ticket. But not so many things to be seen here you better spend more time on other museums.
  • Known by the Turkish as "little Sophia", as the design of the dome of this church was used as model for the construction of Sophia's mosque dome. Interesting how this little mosque was originally an orthodox church in honor of San Sergio and San Baco, erected in the year 536.
  • Nice place to visit. Good as a starting point for your tour. Skip it if you have a very limited time.
  • Its a lot less crowded with tourists, if you have time you can visit, but not a must see
  • It is truly a beautiful piece of architecture and colours. Add it to your list of attractions that MUST be visited in Istanbul (huge list!).

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