Church of Sts Sergios and Bakchos (Küçük Ayasofya Camii)
Author(s) : Kostenec Jan , (proofread.) Lees Christopher (21/12/2007)
For citation: Kostenec Jan, (proofread.) Lees Christopher, "Church of Sts Sergios and Bakchos (Küçük Ayasofya Camii)", 2007,Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World, ConstantinopleURL: <http://www.ehw.gr/l.aspx?id=10914>
The Church of Sts. Sergios and Bakchos (today Küçük Ayasofya Camii) was built by Justinian I (527 – 565) and his wife Theodora probably between 530-533 for the Monophysite community that was housed in the Hormisdas Palace at time when the imperial couple had already moved from there to the Imperial Palace (in 527). The domed octagonal nave is outlined by a continuous gallery on two floors with columns at the four corners of the nave arranged to form semi-circular niches. In this respect the church is usually regarded as a precursor of Justinian´s Hagia Sophia.
To the south-west of the hippodrome, on the Marmara shore
Sts Sergius and Bacchus
built 530-533; reconstr. after 869
1. The builders and the original function of the church
2. Neighbouring palace church of Sts. Peter and Paul
3. Architecture of the church of Sts. Sergios and Bakchos
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