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Little Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 850+ 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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  • small mosque, little visited but beautiful ... just go hits you its simple and peace that reigns within
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  • Art Museum brings together Muslim and Christian, see the patterns and landmarks of Islamic mosque and once you see the inscriptions and monuments, and Christian graphics. Localized in several languages and an interpreter is like a cheap price headphones registry and give about the place as a tourist guide. I mean what needs take a translator and tour guide at the gate price is expensive and that the same denominator.
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  • Jika anda pecinta seni, maka anda akan sangat menyukai tempat ini, karena ini perpaduan antara agama dan seni 
  • 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.
  • calm, spiritual place, The Little Hagia Sophia mosque has most of the architectural features of the Hagia Sophia.
  • Great history loaded building. Greek carvings still visible and readable.
  • Very beautiful and quiet place. When I was there, had it all to myself. Very different atmosphere from the tourist mosques.
  • Small, quiet. It contains beautiful remains of his bizantine past: columns and chapiteles.
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