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Zeyrek Mosque, Istanbul

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Tour Zeyrek Mosque to see one of the only Byzantine churches to survive Ottoman conquest. As with other Turkish religious sites like the famous Hagia Sofia, this mosque has undergone many changes over the centuries as different empires reigned the capitol. Empress Eirene Komnena originally built a monastery here in the 1100s and dedicated the structure to Christ Pantokrator. During the Ottoman Empire after the fall of Constantinople, the church and adjacent buildings were converted into a school and, later, a mosque. Today you can visit this site in Istanbul's Fatih district for a glimpse into past empires, which are evident in the architecture that has survived several centuries. Plan your visit to Zeyrek Mosque and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Istanbul vacation trip planner.
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  • July 26, 2017
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  • 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 ...  more »
  • May 25, 2017
    What day I visited, somehow, was closed. It is built of brick with massive mosque. The clear structure of the Church is interesting.
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  • It was good to see that the restoration of the main prayer hall of the mosque is completed and we were able to go inside. A very good job has been done and the artwork and masonry are very neat. The timberwork involved with establishing stairs and the Sultan's Viewing Area was nicely made. It was a Tuesday morning and plenty of children were busy learning about the Koran. Ongoing restoration work is happening on other rooms adjacent to this prayer hall and nearby.
  • Surely worth a former Pantakrator monastery currently Molla Zeyrek Mosque. There's a great view of the front of the
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  • Cool old Byzantine Church. Turned into a mosque. Currently under renovation
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  • Exit ramp after the tomb of Mehmed Emin Efendi, Terry reached the place where I'm not getting immediately to the mosque down the street later. Turn to the appropriate next to the slope of the search in a shrine.
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