Little Hagia Sophia
- Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mh., 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
- Phone: +90-2122274480
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Little Hagia Sophia - Review
Initially established as the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus in 527 by Emperor Justinian, this site was later co-opted as a mosque to cater to Islamic faith in Istanbul. This structure is one of the earliest experimentation in Byzantine architecture reflected by its huge central dome and an octagonal base. Since this mosque holds a lot of similarities with the Hagia Sophia, it has come to be called as the Little Hagia Sophia. Although relatively little known to the foreigners, this mosque deserves a visit during your trip to Istanbul. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Istanbul itinerary 7 days.
Little Hagia Sophia Information
- When you are inside the mosque, remain quiet and don't use flash photography.
- Entry is free.
Little Hagia Sophia Hours
- Recommended to be visited between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, except for the prayer timings.
How To reach Little Hagia Sophia by Public Transport
- By Train: Kumkapi Railway Station
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Things to Know Before Visiting Little Hagia Sophia
8.93% of people who visit Istanbul include Little Hagia Sophia in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
38.98% of people start their Little Hagia Sophia visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Little Hagia Sophia
50.88% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Little Hagia Sophia
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Little Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Reviews
It's a must-see place in the area. If you visit Hagia Sophia and didn't visit here it's going to be a big loss. It's located in a friendly and peaceful neighborhood. Last time I visited there I found some beggars around. As long as you are not interested they don't follow you. Plus, some people might approach and try to sell you rosaries. Don't give them attention too.
The old man, who's been said to be a scammer was present. But at this point you can say who's real traveller and who's an ordinary tourist. If you're latter - you might find him disturbing, but if you're really into history of Istanbul, you will take his tour and give him a reward. I was here for an hour and heard much of the stories which bears this small Hagia Sophia mosque. Be openminded and you can still hear good and verified history facts and if you do not feel to hear his guidance, just say you will not be able to pay for the guided tour. I think he will understand.
This Byzantine building with a central dome plan was erected in the sixth century by Justinian, likely was a model for Hagia Sophia ("Holy Wisdom"), and is one of the most important early Byzantine buildings in Istanbul. It was recognized at the time as an adornment to the entire city, and a modern historian of the East Roman Empire has written that the church, "by the originality of its architecture and the sumptuousness of its carved decoration, ranks in Constantinople second only to St. Sophia itself".
Nice arhitectural structure... very similar with Hagia Sofia.... it is a mosque now...
This quaint little mosque is right down the hill from the Blue Mosque. IT is said to have been built 500AD. Previously a church but now a mosque. It has beautiful decorations and the floor is covered in a turquoise coloured carpet. Certainly, worth a visit if you want some peace and quiet.