Little Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
About Little Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Little Hagia Sophia, Istanbul - Address, Phone Number
Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mh., 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
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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.
Little Hagia Sophia Information
- When you are inside the mosque, remain quiet and don't use flash photography.
- Entry is free.
Little Hagia Sophia Opening and Closing 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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Nice place to visit. Good as a starting point for your tour. Skip it if you have a very limited time.
Its a lot less crowded with tourists, if you have time you can visit, but not a must see
It's fun as a fact, but actually I've never noticed it if was not told about.
It is truly a beautiful piece of architecture and colours. Add it to your list of attractions that MUST be visited in Istanbul (huge list!).
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.
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