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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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  • Actually, it is an imposing building. The times that went was still in repair with scaffolding, by what not is could appreciate in all its splendor but of all ways there are that travel it.
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  • If you have already visited the Great Sophia, Sultanahmet and go down to Little Sophia.
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  • In the Sultanahmet area, not far from the Blue Mosque this was originally a Church that later became a mosque and is also known as Little Hagia Sophia as it is smaller in size and also less popular wi...  more »
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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.