This little church is now a working mosque. A gem of early Byzantine architecture that we would never have explored without the help of Bitinya Tours guide, Ugur.
WIthin a few blocks of my hotel, I wandered down the hill to the small Camii, I saw on the map. Nice little park, a few shops and galleries nearby. Sat in the park waiting for prayer to end and watched the vendors (simit, juice) gather. There are coffee shops nearby.
People not interested in history (like me) should not imitate most of the travelers & visit Aya Sofya museum. It has just one roof. The ticket price is extremely expensive (at least for those having weak currencies like India). Agreed that Istanbul is historic cities but it has so many other things to offer. So go & explore them rather... More
The first of the churches built by Justinian in the city, before Hagia Sophia, now a mosque. A beautiful little building with an interesting dome, deeply carved tops to the capitals, and a frieze in Greek running above them. The former medrese is now converted into little workshops for artists, with rabbits and ducks in the courtyard, and there is... More
While not comparable to the real Aya Sophia, the architecture and some of the decorations are still worth a visit. It's a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Sultanahmet, and next to the old city/sea walls of Constantinople. Entrance is free, although it's still a functioning mosque, so you will have to dress accordingly and take off your... More
This little place is so quite and peaceful, there was a school attached to the building and a small graveyard on the other side. It might not be a must-see but you better take a look and combine it with nearby sites.
For a quieter experience, and just as beautiful as the other big sites(Ayasofya and the Blue Mosque) I would come here - its simple and peaceful. Ladies: as with all mosques - you'll need a scarf to cover your head - long sleeves and no shorts! They have wraps you can borrow, but most people prefer to bring their own.... More
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