Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus)
The city of Istanbul is so packed with gigantic buildings that one often misses out on hidden treasures such as the Kucuk Ayasofya Camii. Although a major tourist spot, people don’t often know about it until doing a series of readings up on the sites of Istanbul.
Once again the buildings hold both Christian and Islamic elements which intensify the interest in the visitors. Often called the little Ayasofia, the Orthodox feel of the church attracts religiously inclined people to spend as much time here as possible.
The interior hosts frescos from the Byzantine era and are simply beautiful. Taking a walk up the stairs to the gallery proves a display of space and light. The church suddenly isn’t as small as it appears at all. There is definitely more Byzantine architecture in place than the Ottoman inspired elements in the other greater buildings of the city. It causes one to appreciate the fact that this building was kept in place as much as it has during the various reigns of the country.
As it is now a working mosque, visitors should respect the prayer times and also wear modest clothing. Women will be required to cover their shoulders.