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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... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2014
Budapest, Hungary
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very nice building

very nice building originally was a church and now serving as a mosque nice view of the golden horn,

Reviewed September 9, 2018
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Zeyrek Mah. Ibadethane Sk. | Fatih, Istanbul 34083, Turkey
Fener & Balat
+90 212 455 32 12
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

very nice building originally was a church and now serving as a mosque nice view of the golden horn,

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank recepcalev
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

The best view of the Golden horn is from a cafe/bookstore behind Zeyrek mosque (Pantokrator monastery) , which is called Istanbul Kitapsici , while their menu was more extensive on paper but in reality you can get less, the main hook here is the view....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful Byzantine age mosque in a really down to earth area. Very friendly people. A lovely place for just sitting and enjoying the ambience and spirituality.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Tessekurler
Reviewed July 20, 2017

I accidentally discovered that the second largest standing Byzantine structure, after Hagia Sofia/Aya Sofya is the Zeyrek Mosque, formerly a double church and chapel of a Byzantine Monastery and that it was recently restored by the World Monument Fund. After taking a tram to Aksaray...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Andy D
Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

UNESCO eat your heart out. This isn't a restoration, it's a complete desecration. Don't bother visiting, what was once glorious is no more...

Date of experience: September 2015
4  Thank Darrellcocup
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...More

1  Thank aegean79
Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

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...More

3  Thank Andras_travels
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...More

Date of experience: February 2014
8  Thank chrisk755
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...More

Date of experience: February 2013
1  Thank Nazım H
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...More

Date of experience: August 2012
2  Thank pan0s_athens
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Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of
Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community,
the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and
some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art
in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to
witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving
ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene
shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
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