Church of St. Mary of the Spring, Istanbul

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The Monastery of the Mother of God at the Spring or simply Zoödochos Pege is an Eastern Orthodox sanctuary in Istanbul, Turkey. The present church, built in 1835, bears the same dedication as the shrine erected in this place between the end of the fifth and the beginning of the sixth century. After several renovations, this building was destroyed in the first half of the fifteenth century by the Ottomans. The complex got its name from a nearby holy spring, reputed to have healing properties. For almost fifteen hundred years, this sanctuary has been one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Greek Orthodoxy.LocationThe church is located in Istanbul, in the district of Zeytinburnu, in the neighbourhood of Balıklı, along Balıklı Sivrikapı Sokak. It lies a few hundred meters outside the walled city, about five hundred meters from the Gate of Silivri (Turkish: Silivri Kapısı). The complex is protected by a high wall, and – being surrounded by Eastern Orthodox and Armenian cemeteries – lies in a green landscape.HistoryAccording to historians Procopius and Cedrenus, the church was originally erected by Emperor Justinian in the last years of his reign (559-560) near a fountain of water from a holy well (, hagiasma, whence ayazma) situated outside the walls of Theodosius II in correspondence of today's Gate of Silivri. During hunting the Emperor noticed a small chapel surrounded by many women. Asking the meaning of the building, he was told that this was the “source of the miracles”. He at once ordered that a magnificent church be built there, with the material remaining after the erection of the Hagia Sophia.
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  • This church is quite an old one and the colours on the windows are just magnificent. Many people come here on Sundays to pray.  more »
  • a place to visit, especially if you are a Christian. For me as an orthodox - it was quite strange to see both orthodox icons and protestant figures together.... quite a strange sight and place as...  more »
  • Yes it was very interesting but this is not a Catholic Church it is Greek Orthodox!! Spoke to the onsite guide and assistant and both confirmed that NO it is not Catholic. Do not understand why so...  more »
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  • Excellent holy place. You feel calm and happy.
  • Beautiful church, shrine and artwork.
  • Lovely complex. Especially the jasmine flowers everywhere. The gold fish were elusive in the spring within the building. We spied two big fat fish lurking to the side. Beautiful ornate and decorated inside the main church. Particularly liked the marble columns.
  • Very interesting... I drinked this water!...
  • Beautiful

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