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Zeyrek Mosque

Zeyrek Mah. Ibadethane Sk. | Fatih, Istanbul 34083, Turkey
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Byzantine and Ottoman Glory

I accidentally discovered that the second largest standing Byzantine structure, after Hagia... read more

Reviewed July 20, 2017
Andy D
What a shame!!!

UNESCO eat your heart out. This isn't a restoration, it's a complete desecration. Don't bother... read more

Reviewed September 26, 2015
Darrellcocup
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“frescoes” (2 reviews)
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Zeyrek Mah. Ibadethane Sk. | Fatih, Istanbul 34083, Turkey
Fener & Balat
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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

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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...

2  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

8  Thank Chris K
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

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

1  Thank pan0s_athens
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...More

1  Thank iskandil
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...More

1  Thank UfukF
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!

1  Thank amgriffiths
Nearby
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
...More
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