Little Hagia Sophia
Address: Küçük Ayasofya Caddesi, Sultanahmet Fatih
Phone: (0212) 227 4480
Web Site: www.ibb.gov.tr
Working Hours: Every day, except during prayer times 5 times a day
Originally the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, this 6th century building was converted into a mosque in the 15th century.
Located in a quiet, residential neighborhood southwest of the main Sultanahmet attractions, the mosque is often incorrectly identified as the miniature of Hagia Sophia. In fact, several architectural elements, such as the shape of the dome, distinguish them.
Its brick-and-mortal exterior is typical of the early Byzantine style, but the mosque’s outstanding design features lie inside. Seven pairs of marble columns support the main floor and upper gallery. Above the columns, a low-relief, Greek inscription is dedicated to St. Sergius, patron saint of Roman soldiers, as well as Justinian I and his wife Theodora.
The courtyard houses an ablution station as well as former dervish lodges that are now used as artisans’ studios. The mosque was restored and reopened for worship in 2006.