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

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

Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus)
4.5
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
While Istanbul is known for its large mosques like Hagia Sophia, the smaller ones tend to be well worth a visit as well since they are just as beautiful in their own right. Küçük Ayasofya Camii, also known as Little Hagia Sophia (LHS), is one such mosque. The building was originally built as an Eastern Orthodox church and was converted to a mosque during the Ottoman Empire it remains a mosque today. LHS was built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian early in his reign. Some believe it was built to be a model for Hagia Sophia, hence the name Little Hagia Sophia. The building is located in a quiet neighbourhood in the district of Fatih. It actually isn’t too far of a walk from Sultanahmet. In fact, it is only about a 15-20 minute walk from the Blue Mosque/Hagia Sophia area so people really have no excuse not to go see it.
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,491 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Originally a Byzantine Christian Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, this building was constructed in 530 AD and converted into a mosque in 1453 when the portico and courtyard was added. It was extensively restored in 2006 though the outside still looks run down. It is thus one of the earliest Byzantine buildings existing in Istanbul. It has a tall central dome supported by domed compartments and a two storey colonnade that runs along three sides. The interior decoration is now white plastered walls with grey and blue detailing around windows and arches.

Because of its significance, and despite its inconvenient location at the bottom of Istanbul's hills and near the train line and freeways, this mosque receives quite a few tourists. There is no entrance fee. It wasn't crowded when we visited around 5pm on a Saturday (it closes around 6pm) but there are multiple barriers asking people to not enter the main section of the mosque and reiterating requests for proper modest behaviour and dress. There is no access during prayer times. There is also barbed wire on exterior walls that are a little off-putting. We walked down here from the Sultanahmet area but took a more roundabout path to avoid steep hills on the way back. This area has older buildings and is a little more run down.
Written 2 May 2024
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2058-KW
St. Albans, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Another must see mosque in Istanbul. This is older than the Hagia Sofia and like that building has been converted to a mosque from a church. As you look around you can see evidence of its former use. It’s very beautiful inside and not far from Hagia Sofia.
Written 12 February 2024
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Herb M
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Ancient Christian church, now a mosque. Beautiful, so much history. It is huge, at one time the largest in the world. Can’t go to Istanbul and not visit.
Written 27 January 2024
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edegger
Tucson, AZ10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Very beautiful building. I understand it was turned into just a museum for quite a while but now serves again like an active mosque. As a result, you won’t get in during prayer times so plan accordingly.
Written 17 September 2023
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tassonejoe
San Rafael, CA15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
great history and street life but the blasting call to prayer is overwhelming and it goes with the photos of the tin pot dictator everywhere
Written 10 August 2023
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Dizzyexile
Solihull, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
It is a very old (c 527) building original a Christian Church becoming a Mosque in 1400.
Smaller than its neighbour Hagia Sophia, but very quiet and calm. Has an attached garden with cafe etc.
The area is also quiet with plenty of places for a quiet meal or drink
Written 19 June 2023
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David D
1,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This was built as a church during the time of Justinian, and was used to prototype some of the designs for the Hagia Sophia. It was converted into a mosque after the conquest, and has been extensively renovated since, so it now only bears a marginal resemblance to the Hagia Sophia. But it’s a nice place and worth visiting if in this part of Istanbul.
Written 21 November 2022
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Waza28
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates2,043 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Originally a church in 527 then it was turned into a mosque in 1497 by Huseyin Aga. The Mosque is located behind Sultanahmet square, 5 minutes walk away.
Written 3 November 2022
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,597 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Little Ayasofya Church (Kucuk Ayasofya Camii), is little known and little visited. It was built in the sixth century, during the reign of Emperor Justinian, it has some nice decorations inside, is located in the Fatih district - south of the Hippodrome -, is quiet and worth a short visit.
Written 29 October 2022
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Keith C
Huntingdon, UK712 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Nobody there when we arrived, an absolute gem and another of our favourites. Beautiful and much better than larger and well known ones close by. Known as ‘little’ Haghia Sophia.
Written 20 September 2022
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