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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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  • The main facade walls are built with variety of stones. It contains stones , bricks in different shapes. That gives it a mosaic look and is very attractive. Interior is great. Holy water jars made of....  more »
  • We do spend a more than one hours in this such a amazing mosque who even come iatanbul for a 2 days must visit ı do recommended highly  more »
  • Beautiful place with fewer tourists as its not visited much. We found this was really nice place of peace and harmony. Spare a moment and please visit this nice place which is very close to Sultan...  more »
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  • Small mosque that was converted during the ottoman era with exquisite design to adore. It is a away from the main sights but given when we went to the blue mosque it was under restoration this was a treat to view a whole in its full glory without scaffolding.
  • A bright gem in Istanbul. Formerly a church built in the time of the Byzantine emperor Justinian (6th century CE), it became a mosque in the Ottoman period and functions as such today. It is a serene and refreshing place in the midst of the city, so leave time to relax and reflect. Not as busy as other places. This is not a place you will regret seeing!
  • Sophia was on the bucket list let me tell you this, it should have been at the top! A fantastic experience.
  • An often missed Gem 500m from the blue Mosque. Extremely relaxing place with a cafe and an artisan court for those personalised memorabilia
  • A quaint and peaceful mosque that's built like a mini version of the actual Hagia Sophia. Located in the main area of Sultanahmet and at a walking distance from the Blue Mosque.
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