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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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  • The lantern in the middle of the Fatih district of İstanbul, but far from over. The school's present building, built by architect Dimadis. Haber ́in the building materials brought big works ́dan Marseille, his work was completed in five years.
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  • And here again. Many times swam along the Golden Horn, at the Pierre Loti, in Kochi, Museum to get in the choir. Sailed and admired the left bank of the Greek Lyceum, the Church of St. Mary of the Mongols, the Bulgarian Church. This time I decided to take a walk on the Feneru. District insanely colorful. A couple of times wandered into some areas where locals are very surprised. To reach the Church I got on boats to Marina Fener and thence to Hill, focusing on the building of the Lyceum moved to the Church. Turks call themselves the Church Massacre, due to the fact that during the taking of Byzantium here died many invaders. Unfortunately could not get inside. The doors were closed. The history of this place more than visualization. But as a supplement to exploring the magnificent Greek Lyceum, is quite suitable.
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  • Located in the District of Balat, one of the most authentic of Istanbul, this former Church, now a mosque, is a little gem. Inside there are many Orthodox paintings that will appeal greatly to those accustomed to visiting churches in Kiev and Moscow. Peculiar is the subway, still visible, which linked the Church to Topkapi Palace. When I went everything was under renovation.
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  • the same Church
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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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