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Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi, Istanbul

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Consecrated in the 13th century, Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi represents the only Byzantine church in Istanbul that has never served as a mosque. The building is located somewhat off the beaten path and is rarely open to the public. Saved from conversion to a mosque by the personal request of Mehmed the Conqueror, the church is named after Princess Maria Paleogina, illegitimate child of Emperor Michael VIII Paleologos. To visit Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi on your holiday in Istanbul, and find out what else Istanbul has to offer, use our Istanbul trip builder.
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  • This is a Greek Orthodox School and it is just beautiful. The view is fantastic from up on the hill at Balat.  more »
  • The Church of Panaghia Muhliotissa is more widely known as the Church of the Mongols, so named after the Byzantine Princess, Maria Paleologino who married the Mongol, Abaka Khan, and lived in Mongolia...  more »
  • first of all,the picture shown near the title is the school for the greek children of istanbul.The church is the smaller building near it.The thing is all the churches have been converted into the mos...  more »
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  • Charming place, but the family that lives in the yard of the Church is not really very nice ... no pictures and no time to watch the precious frescoes
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