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“Simply a beautiful gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus)

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 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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London
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“Simply a beautiful gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Worth the walk down the steep streets from the Blue Mosque. It's the same age as the larger version on top of the hill, but still a functioning, living mosque. Slightly renovated and decorated but classical proportions and an spiritual ambiance missing in some of the larger mosques.

Visited February 2013
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“A well preserved Byzantine church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Although it was converted into a mosque, the church is intact and well worth the search. Nearby is also the back remnants of the Hippodrome so you can see something interesting that normally isnt on view. The grounds make a nice break from the urban intensity of Istanbul. All round something a little different and off the beaten track.

Visited March 2012
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“Mystic place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Ayasofya is a precious thing, here traditions and religions, races and people are mixed together like the pieces of mosaics I saw there, creating a unique rainbow of colours and feelings.

Visited September 2012
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“My favourite mosque- small and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

It is one of the o,dest buildings in the Old City, dating back to the V crntury AD. I went back again this time with my entire family and they also fell in love eith it. Nice artisan shops in the tea garden opoosite and the area is known as the artist's quarter

Visited January 2013
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“Small but uncrowded”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We decided to visit the "Little Hagia Sophia" (so called because it was also built by Justinian, along similar lines to the Hagia Sophia) before visiting some of the larger and more famous buildings. It is certainly less spectacular than the Hagia Sophia, but it has something to offer for people who are interested in older buildings. Do not expect original Byzantine architecture, however, as it has been heavily modified over the centuries, most recently to brace it against the vibrations from the railroad which runs right next to the building.

For one thing, it is far less crowded, and you can take your time examining the paintings which decorate the upper galleries without feeling pushed or rushed. Although we did not have a language in common, the caretaker ensured that we saw all public parts of the building, by inviting us to climb to the gallery when we otherwise wouldn't have done so.

As with all active mosques, you need to take off your shoes before entering, and women are asked to wear a headscarf. There were headscarfs you could borrow just inside the door. There is no charge to visit.

Visited December 2012
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