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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Little Hagia Sophia by using our Istanbul itinerary planner.
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  • Little Ayasofya (küçük ayasofya) was one of the gems on our latest trip to Istanbul. A former church, this is now a mosque which is being used by the locals. The keeper was very friendly, just winked ...  more »
  • Already you've come to İstanbul, so then you surely will be to Sultanahmet stop by here to visit the Hagia Sophia, eeee, you'll want to definitely EAM, located right next to Hagia Sophia Hagia Sophia, already navigate you'll also see little ... This is when the Church of Hagia Sophia mosque ahead of Travellers was used as a mosque after and came this way to present ... You will surely come, see navigate ...
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  • Fantastic little mosque. So beautiful and peaceful inside. It used to be a church and you can still see some of the Roman scriptures. It's been a place of worship for a long long time. Worth checking out but be warned, it's a tough walk getting back from this place as it's up hill when heading back to the the main square.
  • With so many mosques in Istanbul i would not have discovered this mosque if i was not living in a nearby hotel, so this mosque was discovered as accident. It is small but beautiful. A worth visiting place
  • This is an amazing place and should not be missed. I have seen many very impressive historical sites over the years and this rates up towards the top of my "most impressive" list with the best of them. DO NOT miss this magnificent place when in Istanbul.
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  • Peaceful and beautiful.