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Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus)

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A hidden gem

Not usually on most group itineries, this delightful little church-cum-mosque is well worth diverting to see. Much smaller and simpler (and older) than its bigger sibling and set... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not usually on most group itineries, this delightful little church-cum-mosque is well worth diverting to see. Much smaller and simpler (and older) than its bigger sibling and set in pleasant and peaceful surroundings, it is a joy to wander around away from the crowds - and if you have a knowledgeable guide it is full of fascinating history.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I liked Küçük Ayasofya so much I visited it twice during my week-long stay in Istanbul. Watch out for a few monograms of Justinian and Theodora, and there's even a small cross adorning one spot. (The building was a church before the Conquest.) The second time I went I had the great fortune of striking up a conversation with someone... More 

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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely one of my favourite Istanbul camiis. It utilises its Greek origins to the full, and has a simplicity which is in keeping with its lower status. By its very aping of the Aya sofya, it declares the intentions of its builders, but its restrained decoration displays subtlety of thought in its conception. It is a very powerful expression of... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Little Ayasofya (küçük ayasofya) was one of the gems on our latest trip to Istanbul. A former church, this is now a mosque which is being used by the locals. The keeper was very friendly, just winked to me to put a scarf on my head, and let us up the stairs to take pictures. The quiet atmosphere and the... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

I had the chance to pray at this highly-spiritual Camii for two consecutive Fridays during my stay in that lovely neighborhood of Sultanahmet. Truly peaceful and warm.

Thank jirsheid
Fukaya, Japan
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

I was able to see this mosque this time. The atmosphere was very graceful and I found that the colour of blue of the tiles look deeper with the contrast of the colour red. Very worth visiting hidden spot of Istanbul. Not crowded at all. It's just a walking distance from Blue Mosque.

Thank ワンケディ
Chittagong City, Bangladesh
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

The Little Ayasofya mosque is a treasure, especially when you consider its age. The place just makes you realise what an enormous history Istanbul has as a Christian and a Muslim city. The mosque was surrounded by ugly buildings and houses for a long time, but the area is much more accessible now and the mosque a must, especially if... More 

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Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful hidden gem. Definitely worth a visit if you are staying nearby. Free admission. Peaceful and I was the only visitor at the time.

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Reviewed 2 December 2016

In the Sultanahmet area, not far from the Blue Mosque this was originally a Church that later became a mosque and is also known as Little Hagia Sophia as it is smaller in size and also less popular with tourists.

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Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

This is an interesting church which was later converted to a mosque and dervish lodge. It was built in the times of Emperor Justinian as a prototype for Hagia Sofia to check if a dome can be built on a four-sided base. Both the buildings had the same architects, the same feel and it is said that both had similar... More 


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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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