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
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.
- When you are inside the mosque, remain quiet and don't use flash photography.
- Entry is free.
- Recommended to be visited between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, except for the prayer timings.
- By Train: Kumkapi Railway Station
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8.88% 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
The mosque is simply beautiful - don't miss the monograms of Justinian and Theodora on the inside! I liked the mosque so much I went there twice - on my second visit I was approached by an older man who seemed very knowledgeable about the building. (This was in May 2017.) He had lived in Germany and spoke German, and knew a lot about European churches. His English was also quite good. I don't remember him being one-toothed or in soiled clothing - maybe that's someone else. He never made a scene or demanded money impertinently. I spoke with him for about 40 minutes and enjoyed our conversation thoroughly.
It's a beautiful place rich with history. I can see cracks on the second floor, probably due to earthquakes. Although there are restorations, there might not be there in the future, so you should visit when possible. Try to get the Istanbul pass to avoid buying tickets on site
Nice little mosque which used to be a church. Has shops with unique items attached to it. Certainly worth a sight.
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Glorious intimate Byzantine Church now mosque built by Justinian in the sixth century. Exquisite architecture, one of the highlights of our Istanbul visit.