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Address: Zeyrek Mah. Ibadethane Sok. Fatih Merkez, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

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Old church with a view

This is one of the few Byzantine churches survived the Ottoman conquest. At least the building itself, as all of the original decorations of its interior has been lost long ago... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2014
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Istanbul - Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

The building, being part of a large complex of its time, is the remains of the famous Pantocrator Monastery in Constantinople. When the city was taken by the Turks it was turned firstly to a madrasah(school), then became a mosque. The mosque and the district took its name from the man who gave lectures in the building at that time,... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is one of the few Byzantine churches survived the Ottoman conquest. At least the building itself, as all of the original decorations of its interior has been lost long ago. Seen from the outside it is still a charming little church with its rough brick walls and small domes. There is a nice little garden behind its apses. From... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The restoration of most of it has finished.I had visited it 10 years ago without restoration, it was almost a ruin. But it was still a monument! You could see the floor, the walls etc. Now it is a rebuilt brand new mosque, inside it has been painted like a regular modern mosque, you may not see the walls from... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

absolutely you will must to see this church. and it is last two Byzantine church..ıf you will come to church.you can see most ımportant things for Byzantine history.after that.. ıf you go to back of church . you can eat snak and drink something.. and while you will drink wine you can see very good view. mosque, beyazıt tower, galata... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Although the mosaics and frescoes were totally destroyed by the ottomans and the structure is in a sad state of neglect, still remains a wonderful sign of the Byzantine architecture and is actually the second largest church in Constantinople after Hagia Sophia. Hopefully a restoration is ongoing....

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İstanbul
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

The Church was under construction but it must be finished now.The most interesting thing for me is; one side of the Church is used as a mosque. The Restaurant nearby is great and served Ottoman food. The view from the terrace is great and cool and relaxing even in August.

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Istanbul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

This is one of the most charming Byzantien building in the city and it is under restoraiton for a while. It is very intersing and worth to see. I hope that at the end of restoration, we will be able to see the some of the base mosaics...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2011

Be aware that the former Church of the Pantocrator is not open to visitors and is shrouded in scaffholding while it is restored. I was disappointed when I tried to view it today!

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