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Little Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

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Originally built as an octagonal church topped by a large central dome, Little Hagia Sophia inspired the design of Hagia Sophia. Legend has it that Byzantine Emperor Justinian commissioned the church in 527 to honor the patron saints of soldiers, Saints Sergius and Bacchus, who saved him from a death sentence. Take an all-encompassing view of the interior from the gallery. The white walls, once covered in golden mosaics, are now adorned with Arabic calligraphy. Notice the inscription in Greek around the central nave dedicated to the Emperor Justinian, his wife Theodora, and Saint Sergius. The outside court features a small garden, a fountain, several teahouses, bookshops, and calligraphy boutiques. A small cemetery north of the building houses the grave of Hüseyin Ağa, the 16th-century founder of the mosque. Put Little Hagia Sophia at the forefront of your travel plans using our Istanbul road trip app .
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  • .Kucuk Ayasofya is located near the Blue Mosque It is reached by nice streets with hotels and shops.It was renovated after the flood last year.Everything is clean and tidy It is separated by a low fen...  more »
  • You will get lost in the crowd of Sultanahmet Square and curl down from across the Turkish Museum of Islamic Art. Then you will pass through the quiet narrow streets and reach the peaceful Little Hagia Sophia Mosque. It has a quiet courtyard where you can listen to yourself and the birds, and there's a café and bedesten in the courtyard.
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  • Small mosque that was converted during the ottoman era with exquisite design to adore. It is a away from the main sights but given when we went to the blue mosque it was under restoration this was a treat to view a whole in its full glory without scaffolding.
  • A bright gem in Istanbul. Formerly a church built in the time of the Byzantine emperor Justinian (6th century CE), it became a mosque in the Ottoman period and functions as such today. It is a serene and refreshing place in the midst of the city, so leave time to relax and reflect. Not as busy as other places. This is not a place you will regret seeing!
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