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Built by Muslim Arabs during their first attempt to invade and colonise Pera (Galata) it was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sara H
Melbourne, Australia
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Oldest mosque in Istanbul

Oldest mosque in Istanbul, from the Byzantium era. Located down a little from the Galata Tower and... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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2 weeks ago
18 Apr 2017
“Oldest mosque in Istanbul”
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Built by Muslim Arabs during their first attempt to invade and colonise Pera (Galata) it was converted to a church before being reclaimed as a mosque with the conquest of Constantinople. It was given as a Mosque for Andalusian Muslims fleeing Spain

Thank Sara H
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Oldest mosque in Istanbul, from the Byzantium era. Located down a little from the Galata Tower and Comondo Stairs. Very peaceful. Worth the visit.

Thank hsammour
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Arab Mosque is located in Galata district, istanbul. Originally it was San Paolo church. Then converted into mosque. Its one of the oldest mosque in Istanbul. Gothic style mosque. It's amazing. It's worth to visit. Recommended.

Thank adnanmordeniz
Reviewed 18 March 2015

it used to be a catholic church constructed by the italians in 14th CAD with great frescoes which has been plastered by a renovation made in 2010.

Thank Atilla Y
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

The Arab Mosque is considered the oldest mosque in all Istanbul. It's built in the 8th century by the Umayyads who sieged Constantinople back then but failed to take it. They could only manage to capture Galata for a short period, where they got to...More

4  Thank aegean79
Reviewed 17 July 2014

The building lies in Istanbul, in the district of Beyoğlu, in the neighborhood of Karaköy (medieval Galata), on Galata Mahkemesi Sokak, not far from the northern shores of the Golden Horn. It is surrounded by artisan shops.Easy to reach by public transportation,if you are in...More

4  Thank junior1907
Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

An 8th century mosque in Costantinople. Built by Muslims who captured Galata and besieged the city for one year. It was turned into a church then returned into a mosque by the ottomans. The natural lighting is very good. Very different from other mosques and...More

2  Thank Yasdamas
Reviewed 13 April 2013

The "Arap camii" (the Arab Mosque) is far more different to any other mosques in Istanbul, it was taken up as a mosque by the Ummayads as opposed to the Ottamans, hence the difference in style. The atmosphere and essence is felt as soon as...More

2  Thank sajjads7
Reviewed 5 August 2012

It is amazing mosque by his athmosphere. Notice the exits if you visit. After praying you wont go out by turning the entrance. You directly go out by walking though forward. Why? Because of not turning your back to Kiblah. This is the philosophy of...More

1  Thank Gokhan T
Reviewed 28 December 2011

It is nice mosque which was originally church... Arches and columns are making this place different in the city...

1  Thank UfukF
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