Byzantine churches that were transformed into mosques in Istanbul


Constantinople after being seized by the Ottomans, began to live a great transformation. Thus, the Islamic population increased in a short time and Christians who did not want to remain under Islamic rule began to move to other destinations, mainly to the Balkan countries. But many of them also converted to Islam.

Most of the churches were maintained as Christian churches, over time, 20 of them were turned into mosques for Muslims.

Among them, one is the basilica of Hagia Sophia, which was the first that was transformed into a mosque one day after the ‘conquest’, because of its symbolic value that represented the highest point of the power of the Byzantines.

The church of San Salvador de Chora was the second that was also transformed into a mosque. Its transformation took place in the 16th century, because of having no more Christian in the neighborhood of this church. Nowadays, these two are not active as a mosque, but the other 18 are being used by Muslims as a temple used 5 times a day according to the pillars of religion.

And 112 of them continue to this day as churches. That is why in Istanbul, we can see these historic Byzantine churches at the service of the Orthodox or Catholics.

If you want to visit these churches, schedule a tour with us and we will take you to these places. Send an e-mail informing you what date you want to take this tour:



We offer in Istanbul a tour to know all 20 churches that have been transformed into mosque.

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