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Arap Camii

Istanbul, Turkey
(0212) 237 62 05
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Ranked #131 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Religious Sites
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

The Arab Mosque is considered the oldest mosque in all Istanbul. It's built in the 8th century by the Umayyads who sieged Constantinople back then but failed to take it. They could only manage to capture Galata for a short period, where they got to build a mosque. After they left, it served as a catholic church for the Latins... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The building lies in Istanbul, in the district of Beyoğlu, in the neighborhood of Karaköy (medieval Galata), on Galata Mahkemesi Sokak, not far from the northern shores of the Golden Horn. It is surrounded by artisan shops.Easy to reach by public transportation,if you are in this area for any reason Please allow about half an hour for this one and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

An 8th century mosque in Costantinople. Built by Muslims who captured Galata and besieged the city for one year. It was turned into a church then returned into a mosque by the ottomans. The natural lighting is very good. Very different from other mosques and churches around.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The "Arap camii" (the Arab Mosque) is far more different to any other mosques in Istanbul, it was taken up as a mosque by the Ummayads as opposed to the Ottamans, hence the difference in style. The atmosphere and essence is felt as soon as you walk in. opposite the mosque there is a "madrasah" (school) where you will see... More

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Sakarya, Sakarya, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

It is amazing mosque by his athmosphere. Notice the exits if you visit. After praying you wont go out by turning the entrance. You directly go out by walking though forward. Why? Because of not turning your back to Kiblah. This is the philosophy of Arap Mosque from the year of 717 !!!

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Istanbul
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

It is nice mosque which was originally church... Arches and columns are making this place different in the city...

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