- By Kevin
- On Jan 8, 2018
- Travel Tips
Meet your guide at the entrance of Hagia Sophia and hear about this magnificent building before you head out to explore Istanbul.Learning the information about the things to do&activities in Istanbul,Istanbul city guides give you the newest travel advice here.Marvel at the majestic architecture of Topkapi Palace as you're guided through its stunning interiors.Hear about its construction,dating back to 1465 AD,and then continue to Istanbul city centre to visit the Süleymaniye Mosque.
Little Aya Sofya(Küçük Aya Sofya)
Before Emperor Justinian built the Aya Sofya,he had to test out if the building would work structurally so he built this miniature version first.Its original name was the Church of Sergius and Bacchus,but the obvious architectural parallels with the Aya Sofya led to its long-held nickname becoming the building's official title.During the Ottoman era,the church was converted into a mosque and it still functions as a working mosque today.Although its proportions aren't as grandiose as others in Istanbul,the building has been beautifully restored and is well worth a visit.The walk here,down narrow alleyways lined with tall Ottoman era buildings-some lavishly restored and others creaking their way into dilapidation-is a tranquil respite from central Sultanahmet.Take the time to have a glass of tea in the Little Aya Sofya's peaceful garden to sustain you for further sightseeing exploits.
Location:Küçük Aya Sofya Caddesi,Sultanahmet