Religious Sites in Istanbul

Religious Sites in Istanbul, Turkey

Religious Sites in Istanbul

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  • Afreen R
    15 contributions
    Long queue to get in , it was hot in the evening but worthwhile. The architecture, ambiance everything was breathtaking. Must be moderately dress and ladies take a headscarf with you.
    Written 24 June 2022
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  • Mufaddal H
    5 contributions
    If visiting in June 2022, may be skip it. Most parts are under renovation, you dont get to see much. Just visit Hagia Sophia and Topkapi
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • Sagri2013
    Indianapolis, IN4,028 contributions
    This tomb is on the outskirts of Istanbul. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari was a close companion of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who died in the assault on Constantinople in 670 AD. He was one of the Ansar, meaning aiders or helpers of the early Islamic history, those who supported Muhammad S.A. after the hijra (migration) to Medina in 622. When the Prophet (ﷺ) emigrated to Madinah, all the Ansar were keen to host the Prophet (ﷺ) in their house. The Prophet (ﷺ) made the decision that he would stay where his camel stopped and it subsequently stopped at the residence of Abu Ayyub Ansari. The Prophet (ﷺ) stayed at his house for 7 months. It was my cherished desire to visit this sacred place and offer Fatiha and prayer. For Muslims, it’s a religious and sacred place. For some, it’s a ‘must’ mosque to visit, and they throng the tomb most of the time. While on my way to the tomb, I found many graves at different locations close to the tomb. I strongly believe that these graves must be the companions and followers of Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari. These are the oldest and most historic graveyards scattered in small segments close to the main shrine. Some relics like the hair of Rasulullah ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم are on display here. It’s a historic mosque with a mausoleum.
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • kiranbabutamt
    Houston, United States49 contributions
    Currently undergoing rennovations. No admission fee. Will take about 15 min to see. Closed at certain times of the day for prayers. Within 5 min walk of hippodrome / Obelix (have taxi drop you off at the horse track area or at the hippodrome with the obleix. It is right next to Hagia Sophia.
    Written 21 June 2022
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  • ben h
    Istanbul, Turkey7 contributions
    istanbul is beautiful with all and this is one of the wonder in istanbul make sure you visit the ottoman art
    Written 22 December 2021
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  • John Go
    Kathmandu, Nepal177 contributions
    My favorite place to hangout with friends and smoke shisha. A beautiful old architecture building with very local touch, the place where all locals go and very cheap but with a great ambiance. Love love love
    Written 22 April 2022
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  • Selden D
    Dahlonega, GA57 contributions
    Away from the crowds of Sultanahmet Square, Küçük Ayasofya is a hidden gem, a quiet place for contemplation. It's a bit of a walk, but well worth the effort.
    Written 7 June 2022
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  • IftekharA-Sep2016
    1,571 contributions
    Few people visit this beautiful mosque meaning, you can have this place mostly to yourself when you visit.

    Built by architect Mimar Sinan (same architect who built Sulteimaniye Mosque) under the order of Mihrimah Sultan, daughter of Sultan Suleiman. The mosque was completed around 1570.
    Written 28 November 2019
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  • Russ Lacuata
    Long Beach, CA8,483 contributions
    A masterpiece of Ottoman architecture at its finest. Visit to contemplate, admire and soak in the elegant details and history.
    Written 1 January 2021
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  • Ramona Rorvik Art-Tour
    Paris, France195 contributions
    The Greek Orthodox place of worship, for the Orthodox Christian community in Istanbul, it is in general empty. An atmosphere of peace, calm but also loneliness embraces you. A kind of sadness hard to define. There are no more Christians in "Constantinople". It seems that the number of Christian minorities has dropped so much in Istanbul, that places of worship have become empty. They are only visited by a few tourists lost in Balat... On the occasion of the most important religious days, a few more people (parishioners & tourists) gather. It is practically the equivalent of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, for Orthodoxy.
    Of course worth a vizit !!!
    Written 24 November 2021
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  • Traveller of the world
    1,237 contributions
    Hidden gem in the blue mosque area away from the tourist circus! Calm, peaceful and beautiful. Small. Stunning architecture.
    Written 2 November 2021
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  • Lovin' it on Phuket
    1,258 contributions
    I was in Istanbul for 6 months making videos for YouTube and taking photos. I visited and photographed many of the mosques and Nuruosmaniye Camii is really special. I actually made a 360 video tour of it because I would hate to think that anyone may miss visiting if they went on a trip to Istanbul. You don't need a guide, the care takers are very knowledgeable and enjoy sharing information. There are also multilingual signs around the grounds explaining some of the history and purpose of this amazing building. If you want a grand experience though try seeing it for the first time this way.

    Come around to Nuruosmaniye Camii from the square that houses the Column of Constantinople. As you walk through this very flat area towards the mosque you really get a feel for its sheer size. There is an old stone wall around the structure and you will notice it gets larger as you get closer but Nuruosmaniye Camii does not really grow in size much. When you get to the wall make a right and then a left. This will bring you to the back gate. Enter the gate and about 10 meters in on your right hand side is an information post. Take a good look around and be sure to look up when looking at the main structure. As you proceed down the path to the main entrance there are a lot of trees. The best time for seeing the actual building is in winter and spring. Really take a look at the construction though, the work was done with a lot of love and care. Once you get inside the main door its a massive room. The care taker did this cool thing where he closed the curtain over the entrance and the whole interior went dim. Then he opened the curtain and let the sun in. The stone I guess is reflective and the whole place lit up. The interior is very tastefully decorated. White marble, stained glass and dark accents. On the way out you can leave a donation if you like. I always appreciate that when I am making a video of somewhere.

    I would suggest taking a day and just walking from the metro station towards Sultanahmet Square. You have Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome of Constantinople at Sultanahmet Square. If you continue up the street, on the right hand side is the Tomb of Sultan Mahmut II (Googles name for it) and right after that is the Column of Constantinople. The column isn't a lot to see but right next to it is Bey Gummus mosque and through the square is Nuruosmaniye Camii. After that you can either hit the Bazaar or head back towards Hagia Sophia and check out Gulhane Park.
    Written 24 August 2021
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  • Loren G
    San Francisco, CA3 contributions
    Really gorgeous place to find out the history and tradition. It offers you to look at the tombs and imagine how they lived.
    Written 23 June 2021
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  • Theron Ng
    6 contributions
    What an afternoon! The 2h Ebru Marbling class we took was the highlight of our Istanbul trip. Josh was our teacher and he was talented, warm and patient. He first taught us the basics of the technique, then left us alone to be as creative as possible. He occasionally dropped in to give tips and offer tea and encouragement. We really enjoyed the time we spent there, and got to take home all the paintings that we did! This is the best way to spend an afternoon in this beautiful city, and I am sure this is the best place to do it! Amazing teacher, amazing atmosphere, amazing hospitality - - highly recommended!

    PS Josh is also passionate about other traditional art techniques. He even did a personalised calligraphy for us as a gift, it was very touching
    Written 27 November 2019
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  • Nahjaz94
    Birmingham, UK63 contributions
    We visited the tomb of prophet Yusha after planning this with our friendly hotel staff. We booked a private driver who drove us there. It was around an hour drive to get there from Sultanahmet on a sort of quiet Sunday morning. It was a very different and special experience visiting here. I recommend everyone visiting Istanbul to visit here to pay respects. On our first visit to Istanbul, we did not have enough time, but this time round we really wanted to come as many people recommended this.
    The people and stalls around here seemed very friendly and we ended up buying a few items here. The locals seemed very friendly and sweet here which was really nice.
    Written 20 September 2020
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