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Must Visit 10 Istanbul Mosques Converted From Church!

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Must Visit 10 Istanbul Mosques Converted From Church!

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Istanbul has hosted many cultures and religions over the years and have different marks at each corner.

Before Ottoman Empire Istanbul hosted mostly Christian societies so there are many churches in the city. But after the conquest many of them converted into mosques.

Here are the must visit 10 Istanbul mosques converted from church!

Hagia Sophia
Located in the historical peninsula and worldwide famous building is built in 537 and used as church until the conquest. In 1453 it is converted into a mosque. In 1931 mosque has closed and reopened as a museum in 1935.

Hagia Sophia is one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture and standed as the world’s biggest cathedral for over thousand years. Hagia Sophia was the served as a model for Ottoman mosque architecture.

Zeyrek Mosque
Located in Fatih district Zeyrek Mosque is one of the best examples of Eastern Rome architecture. And building is one of the most important structures from Byzantine Empire.

Chora Museum
Located in Edirnekapı district, history of the Chora Museum dates back to 6th century. After the conquest of Istanbul, in 1511 church is converted into a mosque by Atik Ali Pasha in II Beyazit Era.

Closed in 20th century mosque is reopened as a museum in 1956.

Molla Fenari Mosque
Located in Fatih district and known as Lips Monastery, Molla Fenari mosque is converted into a small mosque in 1497. After this in 1633, 1782 and 1918 it is exposed to some disasters. During the engravings in 1929, 22 pieces of sarcophaguses are found. Today building is using as mosque.


Arab Mosque
Located in Galata, known as San Paolo Church, Arab Mosque is the only Gothic churc in Istanbul. Arap Mosque has an important role in Islam history. In A.C 717 Muslim Arabs came to conquer Istanbul and built a mosque here. The first azan in Byzantine is recited in this mosque.

7 years later Arab military turned back and Byzantine empire used the mosque as a church. After the conquest of Istanbul, church converted into mosque in 1475 and named as Arab Mosque. Today mosque is open to worship.

Atik Moustafa Pasha Mosque
Located in Ayvansaray, remained from Eastern Rome era, church is converted into Atik Moustafa Pasha Mosque mosque during the rule of II Beyazit. In 1957 frescos found belongs to Ayios Kosmas, Hagios Damianos and archangel Michael.

Balaban Agha Mosque
Located in Fatih, reflects the early Byzantine era architecture. There are no specific dates about the history of the Balaban Agha Mosque but according to some sources it’s predicted that building is built in 5th or 6th century.

After the conquest of Istanbul during II Beyazit rule, it is converted into a mosque by one of the head of janissary’s Balaban Agha.

Imrahor Mosque
Built in Eastern Rome era, Imrahor Mosque is a part of Studios Monastery. After the conquest of Istanbul church is converted into a mosque during the rule of II Beyazit by Imrahor Ilyas  and served as one of the biggest mosque in Ottoman Empire.

Vefa Chuch Mosque
Built in the beginning of 12th century Vefa Church Mosque is located in Fatih district Vefa neighborhood, has a form of East Orthodox style. After the conquest of Istanbul church is converted into mosque by the teacher of Fatih the Conqueror, Molla Gurani.

Sheikh Suleiman Mosque
Located in the same street with Zeyrek Mosque, Sheikh Suleiman Mosque is one of the best examples of mid Byzantine era. There are not exact information about the building before Ottoman era according to some predictions it is built between 1118 and 1124.

After the conquest of Istanbul church is converted into a mosque by  Sheikh Suleiman.

 

 

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