Churches, Religion & Spirituality
Commissioned in 1597 by the mother of Sultan Mehmet III and completed in 1663, its plan is much like the Blue Mosque with a large forecourt and square sanctuary. Yenicami Meydani Sokak, Eminonu, Istanbul.
This mosque dominates the Golden Horn and provides a landmark for the city. Commissioned by the most powerful of Ottoman sultans, it is Istanbuls grandest mosque. Open daily at Prof Siddik Sami Onar Caddesi 1, 34083 Istanbul.
Little Aya Sofya
Built between 527-536 just before Aya Sofya, the building has recently been restored and its dome is architecturally noteworthy. It is considered by many as Istanbuls most beautiful mosque. Open daily at Kucuk Aya Sofya Caddesi, Sultanahmet.
Cathedral of St Esprit
French cathedral holding Catholic masses on Monday to Saturday 18:00 and in English Sundays 10:00, at Cumhuriyet Caddesi 205, Harbiye.
Istanbul Lutheran Church
Founded in 2004, with weekly Sunday services at 11:00. Meetings in Turkish but translations into English may be arranged. Istiklal Caddesi, Perukar Cikmazi Beyoglu, Istanbul.