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Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus)
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New York City, New York
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“Little Hagia Sophia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

While visiting Topkapi Palace a Turkish man told me about the Little Hagia Sophia (Kucuk Ayasofya) which is located near the Blue Mosque. It is a smaller version of the magnificent Hagia Sophia but is used as a mosque. The icons and Byzantine paintings and designs have been removed. Another reason to visit is the traditional and lively neighborhood around the mosque.

Visited September 2012
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“Beautiful Mixture of Church and Mosque”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Pop in for a quick look at Hagia Sophia's predecessor, then enjoy tea in the pretty courtyard”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

An off the beaten track attraction, it's not a must see on a short visit but it's worth popping in for the classic sixth century architecture. Unlike in a lot of other mosques visitors can walk around the upper galleries, affording a good view of the whole building.

Some unrestored areas are covered with plexiglas so you can see the what remains of the original design. Try to spot Justininan & Theodora's monogram on some of the carved column capitals.

The courtyard is lovely and has a covered tea garden which is a good place to sit for an inexpensive early evening glass of tea. There are also some cute ducks who seem completely unperturbed by the local cats.

Visited May 2013
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“First time I saw the second floor”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

If you are interested in buildings you must see this mosque. Here was the only place which I could get to the top floor and had a top view of the mosque. Also, they kept some part of the real wall behind a glass on the second floor and you may find there interesting too.
Another good thing about this place is its location, not too far from the other touristic sites, just near the sea and also have a Cafe just inside the mosque garden.

Visited May 2013
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“Worth a look”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

We came upon this converted mosque by chance as it was close to our hotel. We couldn't be bothered with the queues and crowds of the big brother version but here was cool, calm and relaxed. We borrowed a headscarf and wandered around going upstairs and on the balcony too. When you come out there's a pretty courtyard with a tea room and crafts to buy.
An unexpected delight.

Visited May 2013
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