Iznik Ayasofya (Orhan Cami)

Iznik Ayasofya (Orhan Cami)

Iznik Ayasofya (Orhan Cami)
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This church has a history going back to the First Council of Nicea in 325AD. What you see today is not an original, but a rebuild of 1065 after an earthquake ; on top, it has undergone many alterations, restorations and modifications. Most importantly, it has gone from Byzantine Cathedral to mosque to church and to mosque again.
I am not a religious man, but Iznik has more than enough mosques for its Islamic believers ; there is no need to confiscate this iconic symbol. Why not leave this historical building alone and stop playing political games with it ! That's what Türkiye's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, wisely ordered.
Written 27 November 2023
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Lanni
Gaziantep, Türkiye5,454 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
The location is right in the middle of small but rich in history city of Iznik. Small beautiful mosque which some believe it used to be the place where Council of Nicaea was held. Now as mosque although I could see the blurred view of frescoes with splendid architecture inside. For more reading and historical info, I recommend to read the website The Byzantine Legacy.
Written 11 April 2021
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Vicky07Miami_FL
Miami, FL441 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Such a historic place where !st Ecumenical Council was conducted. >>Initially a place of worship by the Romans, later went to an earthquake and war Remodeled by Architect Sinan during Suleiman times in the 1500's Finally opened to the public as Orhan Mosque in 2011
Written 24 October 2019
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Janisao
London, UK54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Calm neighbourhood, nice mosque. Easy to reach because we stayed in a hotel by the lake. However this place needs more care.
Written 12 August 2019
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Usman M
577 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
The building is great to look at from the outside, but inside needs more care in my opinion. The mosque is still actively used in this building which used to be a church. Please don’t be fooled by the name, it is no comparison in anyway to The Hagia Sofya (Ayasofya) in Sultan-Ahmet in Istanbul. The only relevance is that this building has changed uses between religions in its history. The site is free to enter but please do leave a donation so that it can be maintained for future generations to come and visit these historical sites.
Written 29 July 2019
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SinanU_38
Istanbul, Türkiye102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Unfortunately the building was not preserved successfully but you still can feel the history. Pagans, Christianity.
Written 5 June 2019
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Ferudun Babacan
Türkiye137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Business
Where East Roman declared capital a city has a Hagia Sofia Church like as in Nicea( Istanbul and Trabzon) We have Three Main; Enormous Hagia Sofia in Anatolia.Istanbul declared as a museum during Ataturk period but these are used as a Mosque
Written 20 December 2018
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Özkan Ç
60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
Hagia Sophia of Iznik

This sacred place was erected on the place where a Gymnasium was built by Romans, in the 7th century as a basilica. It was renovated after the 11th century earthquake, then was converted into a mosque and remodeled in 1331 by the Architect Sinan during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent. During the renovations between 1935 and 1953, colorful mosaics as well as the choir where priests stand were discovered. It was in this building that the Second Council of Nicaea met in 787 to end the first period of Byzantine Iconoclas. The first architectural base is dated back to the 4th or 5th century, from the Gymnasium Romans built. The tier is thick and bricks are large. The main building has three entrances. After the 1065 earthquake, the monument was raised up by 1.40 meter. The outdoor walls were remodeled. During the reign of Orhan Gazi, in 1331, the monument was once again raised up and a minare and mihrap were added to convert it into a mosque. But the remnants of the minaret today are dated back to the renovation done by the Architect Sinan. Due to the urban renewal in 1980, monuments around the Hagia Sophia were destroyed and since november 2007, the Provincial Directorate of Foundations is renovating the museum. Source: Bursa Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism.

Written 3 September 2018
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Vovaez
Ankara, Türkiye498 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
The Hagia Sophia served as a temple in the Roman era. It was built at the time of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine) in the 7th century. In 1331 the structure was turned into a mosque after the conquest of İznik. It served as a church nearly 850 years. You can still see the painting of jesus and mary on the wall. But unfortunately today inside of the building is very bad, its restorated but how? Lots of people stool the wall parts you can see its very sad. Outside of the building is very good but inside is such a disaster. Muslims still pray inside while you are visiting the place.
Written 2 September 2018
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Nomadic S
Istanbul, Türkiye281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Touring Iznik Ayasofya was a breadth taking step back in time. The muezzin was very welcoming and encouraged us to explore. However, there could be better descriptions of the different points of significance for tourists. Highly recommend a visit.
Written 4 August 2018
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