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Fethiye Camii (Pammakaristos Church)

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Address: Fethiyekapisi Sok, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 522 1750
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Another beautiful Byzantium monument

In the historic peninsula of Istanbul, you will find this little old church converted to mosque and preserved through years. It is discovered in 1949 and restored. Another... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
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Nice, France
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Nice, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

In the historic peninsula of Istanbul, you will find this little old church converted to mosque and preserved through years. It is discovered in 1949 and restored. Another beautiful piece of Byzantium architecture you can find still.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

We took a cab here from the Sulemaniye Mosque and glad we did since the roads are windy, narrow, not marked well, and did not see nearby public transportation. It's a former Byzantine church build circa 1200 AD and was neglected for a considerable period. Most of the religious mosaics are not intact but still impressive. The most significant and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

Very good A Camii it's hard to find but you can visit old town and very good a place we really appreciate to see that...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

I understand the trams much better than the bus system, so I took the M1 to Emmiyet Fatih. After exiting the station, I followed a screenshot of the map from off tripadvisor. I took an almost immediate right off the main road onto Aksemsettin Road. The road inclines gradually, and then becomes steeper for a short period as you climb... More 

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Mugla, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Fethiye Camii. Close to the cistern is the Church of Theotokos Pammakaritos, "All-Blessed Mother of God". The building, constructed between the 11th and 12th centuries, is located in the Çarşamba neighbourhood, within the district of Fatih, inside the walled city, overlooks the Golden Horn . After the fall of Constantinople, in 1452, the seat of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016

To see an example of christian church in the middle of Islamic Istanbul is just perfect. It's a small place but mosaics are just stunning. It's not so easy to find, you have to walk up the hill but you need to see this.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

I would not recommend a visit unless you're taking a taxi right to the gates of the museum. The neighbourhood is a bit hilly and rough to my liking, and there's no proper pedestrian walk, and there are cars, taxis, lorries and motorcycles and can get a bit dangerous as the drivers are not really that courteous. The museum itself... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

easy city to drive and parking is a breeze with attendants everywhere. food was good and lycian ruins everywhere the museum is not to be missed

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

this is a beautiful small church with amazing byzantine mosaic art work. I followed the directions posted by Wvh and had no problems getting there. After seeing other places it is worthwhile noting that it is small. But if you have some time and are interested in Byzantine mosaics would highly recommend this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015

The church/museum contains many beautiful mosaics, well worth a visit. Even though we already had been to the Chora church with its wonderful mosaics, we found our visit of the Pammakaristos church one of the best we had in Istanbul! We spent some 30-45 mins there. The church is easy to reach: - take bus 90 from Eminönü into the... More 

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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 sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
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