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“Little Hagia Sophia...a hidden gem”

Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus)
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A Fully Guided Afternoon Tour of Istanbul's Sights
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US$650.00*
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Christian Heritage Private Tour In Istanbul: Byzantine Churches
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US$81.52*
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Historical Istanbul Tour in 1-Day
Ranked #19 of 1,099 things to do in Istanbul
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Just down the hill from the famous Hagia Sophia Mosque, near the shores of the Sea of Marmara, stands Istanbul's oldest surviving Byzantine monument. We literally stumbled upon Little Hagia Sophia at the end of a dead-end street, thought it was closed due to heavy drapings over its doors and were about to turn and leave the grounds when several people emerged from inside and around the door covering...so we entered. From its intricately-designed dome to the two-story marble colonnades, what an awesome sight! The mosque was entirely open to access, so we were able to climb the stairs to the galleries to fully appreciate the interior. We later found out from friends who live in Istanbul that Little Hagia Sophia is frequently not open to visitors, so we were indeed fortunate. A must see if possible.

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

I have not seen mosaics and frescoes. Temple turned to the current mosque.

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Reviewed July 8, 2012

We was curious to see this ancient church built in 527 (before the Hagia Sophia). We found it somewhat difficult to locate but our journey there by foot took us through some interesting residental areas. Some original features in this ancient building still remain and we found the visit well worthwhile

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Reviewed July 7, 2012

Interesting example of the Bysantine church transformation into the mosque. Not so crowded as Haghia Sophia

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Reviewed July 3, 2012

Enjoyed a concert of traditional Ottoman music. Highly recommend it! Not impressed with the Boeing banner as you walk into the church but I guess that is how they receive a lot of restoration funds.

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