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

Kucuk Ayasofya Mh., Demirci Resit Sokak 28, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #16 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Athens, Greece
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It was built by Justinian and Theodora. The building's dome is amazing and it's plan, an irregular octagon, unusual.Beautiful columns made from green and red marble. It has also a nice tea garden.

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Constanta, Romania
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16 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Close to Bestwestern Antea Palace Hotel . Quaiet place , a small park and traditional turkish place with tea serving is in front of the church . Nice place for relaxing . Kucuk Aiasofya has a special air , should be visited just for your info .

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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210 reviews 210 reviews
76 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Near our hotel in the lower western reaches of the Sultanahmet and just a few more yards past our favourite fish restaurant during our stay and an example of a smaller converted Byzantine church – everything was going for it. We were not disappointed. This beautifully proportioned space is decorated minimally compared to the bigger and more visited attractions and... More

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Denver, Colorado
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41 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was a little hard to find, but worth the effort. While the mosque needs some work, it is still in good shape and is a little jewel - they're taking donations for the upkeep and have a container. There was hardly anyone there when I went, which was very nice after visiting the crowded more well-known sites.

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

You are always in Awe at the structure given the period of construction of the Ayasofya. Must visit in Istanbul

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Irvine, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Not much to see. Since we are not familiar with mosques, it was a good education for us. Great story and part of Istanbul's/Sutans' history.

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Beijing, China
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

It is astonishing how few tourists visit this jewel of an early byzantine church and now used as a mosque. This is our second visit to Istanbul and we regularly visit (our hotel is just across the street) as it is beautiful as well as a significant historic landmark in Istanbul. It seems to be open to visitors for most... More

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Unteraegeri, Switzerland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Hidden in the backstreets of the Sultanahmet, this church turned mosque is worth looking for. It is much smaller and calmer than the other mosques you can visit, yet has a wonderful history and sense of atmosphere.

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Toronto, Canada
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73 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This mosque is away from the tourists and is definitely worth the visit. Inside it is very beautiful, and outside you can see local kids playing soccer instead of tourists waiting in line.

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Smederevo, Serbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you like to walk among the near streets of Istanbul and you're looking for extra important historical sightseeing, you shouldn't miss the so-called Small Aya Sofia. It's situated in a peaceful part of Istanbul, away from crowded spaces and hords of tourists. You'll be given a chance to visit a significant historical place, an ex-church, converted to a mosque.... More

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