‘Little Hagia Sophia’ enchants visitors

AKSARAY, Turkey 

Turkey’s Little Hagia Sophia, a church which was converted into a mosque, received thousands of tourists every year prior to the pandemic.

The architectural marvel situated in the Guzelyurt district of central Aksaray province was built by Roman Emperor Theodosius I for Saint Gregorius Theologos in 385 CE.

Following a population exchange agreement, Roman Greeks living in the district migrated to Greece in 1924. The Muslim population of Greece migrated to this region paving the way for the church to be converted into a mosque.

The garden of the mosque has an underground spring which can be reached by a flight of stairs.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Governor Nurullah Cemil Erciyas said the “church…

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