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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 #15 of 646 Attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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204 reviews 204 reviews
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

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
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

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
126 helpful votes 126 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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38 helpful votes 38 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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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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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This place was bluer than the Blue Mosque and much more peaceful without the throngs of tourist roaming around. We were glad that we stumbled upon it.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

This building was a church for hundreds of years before conversion to a mosque. Its just as interesting as the larger ayasofya, as size isn't everything in my opinion.... ;-) but there are three things that make it more interesting: 1. It's still being used for worship to this day. 2. It's less crowded. 3. It's free! My advice for... More

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