The Sea of Marmara and the North Aegean Sights

Aya Sofya (Saint Sophia, Aya Sofya Camii)

  • Atatürk Cad. and Kılıçaslan Cad. Map It
  • İznik
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 10/27/2015

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A primitive mosaic floor is believed to date from the church's construction in the 6th century, during the reign of Justinian. Wall mosaics were added as part of a reconstruction in the 11th century, after an earthquake toppled the original church, and some fine fragments of frescoes date from the Byzantine era. In a controversial move, authorities converted the museum into a mosque in 2011. Try to arrange your visit outside of prayer times, when you can explore the site freely and take photographs.

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Atatürk Cad. and Kılıçaslan Cad., İznik, Bursa, 16860, Turkey

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  • Free
  • Daily dawn–dusk

Published 10/27/2015


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