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Little Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
(4.7/5 based on 900 reviews on the web)
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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  • Is not so far from its Great AjaSofii. There is almost always empty. You can all consider themselves. Last time I got to the second floor, this time the door was closed-pity. There are ploshhadochka at the level of the second floor, there you can climb the ladder and consider the mosque from another angle. This time it was so quiet that they could hear the birds singing in the street. Earlier it was the temple, so interesting in the Interior look for Byzantine points.
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  • A small but ancient, mosque with very good taste. Not so far away from other attractions, we found it looking for a restaurant. It is the only mosque where there are men who will offer guidance, teach you some things about the mosque and then beg. There are signs at the entrance of the mosque warning do not give money to anyone directly, but to donate it to the mosque. Eye with this detail.
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  • It has its place in visits to do. Close to the great Hagia Sophia. Feel free to go. She is in very good condition. And the entrance is free.
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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.