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“Out of the way but worth it”

Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus)
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Historical Istanbul Tour in 1-Day
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Out of the way but worth it”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

This mosque is away from the tourists and is definitely worth the visit. Inside it is very beautiful, and outside you can see local kids playing soccer instead of tourists waiting in line.

Visited September 2013
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Smederevo, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Hidden and beautiful”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

If you like to walk among the near streets of Istanbul and you're looking for extra important historical sightseeing, you shouldn't miss the so-called Small Aya Sofia. It's situated in a peaceful part of Istanbul, away from crowded spaces and hords of tourists. You'll be given a chance to visit a significant historical place, an ex-church, converted to a mosque. Why do I say that the 'chance is given'? It's because it's completely opened to tourists, even though the Kucuk Ayasofya is still a regular mosque. The exterior and interior of the mosque are really interesting and amazing, so you won't regret visiting this place. Also, at the entrance of the mosque there are free prospects which are related to Islam (written in different languages). At the end of the Kucuk Ayasofya tour, you can take a pause and rest a bit in the shades of trees surrounding the mosque.

Visited July 2014
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Peaceful place to visit”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

This place was bluer than the Blue Mosque and much more peaceful without the throngs of tourist roaming around. We were glad that we stumbled upon it.

Visited July 2014
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Loved this little Mosque. ”
Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

This building was a church for hundreds of years before conversion to a mosque.
Its just as interesting as the larger ayasofya, as size isn't everything in my opinion.... ;-) but there are three things that make it more interesting:

1. It's still being used for worship to this day.
2. It's less crowded.
3. It's free!

My advice for this building and all the buildings of this amazing city:

Join in... don't be shy.

Wash you feet under the taps on the building opposite the main door outside to save the carpet.
(Feet can get very swetty in istanbul. It won't kill you and it's actually really refreshing.)

Go inside, forget tourism, put your camera in your pocket, then quietly sit on the carpet and contemplate your existence.

You may take home something really special and get far more from your visit to Istanbul than just photos.

That's has after all been the real purpose of all these beautiful buildings in Istanbul for thousands of years....

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Minett, Canada
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“small and beautiful”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

This is like Ayasofya but rather small, We walked for a few minutes to this place from Arasta Market under Blue Mosque. The local Turkish citizens are living around. So, it is quiet. I think it was a very charming place.

Visited July 2014
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