This building was constructed at the order of the Emperor Justinian in 527 as a church dedicated to Saint Sergius and Saint Bacchus. These saints were Roman soldiers who converted to Christianity and later were martyred for their faith. Justinian credited the intercession of these saints for saving his life when he was falsely accused of treason before he became emperor. A thousand years later, after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, the church was converted into a mosque. The original architectural designs and structures have survived. The original mosaics and frescoes are gone, but the Islamic decorative designs and colors are striking.
Kucuk Ayasofya (Little Hagia Sofia) is located very close to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. It will add to your understanding and appreciation of both buildings.
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