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Active Neighborhood Mosque No Longer a Museum But Accessible to Male Visitors

A 15 minute walk from the Chora Church through an vibrant neighborhood, this ancient little church... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2018
Wendell D
New York City, New York
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Late Byzantine church

The church dates from 1261 and the mosaics from the 14th century. There are splendid mosaics... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
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Fethiyekapisi Sok | Çarşamba, Fatih, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Fener & Balat
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Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

A 15 minute walk from the Chora Church through an vibrant neighborhood, this ancient little church is next to an active madrasa. I made the mistake of arriving during prayers, walked inside the stark interior but felt that continuing into the domed crossing would be...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

This little Byzantine gem is closed and not for restoration either. Apparently it’s too small and too off the beaten track to justify keeping it open as an attraction

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

The church dates from 1261 and the mosaics from the 14th century. There are splendid mosaics depicting long bearded priests surrounded with a gilded mosaic backdrop. There are angels. There are numerous images of Christ including at the centre of the dome. The church takes...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2017

This site is a bit tucked away, but worth the effort of seeking it out. What actually survives is the chapel of the former church, the rest of the church site now being a mosque. The mosaic date from about 1310, and some look as...More

Thank Rod F
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This small church is off-the-beaten track, probably due to its dimunitive size. Unless you are some sort of Byzantine art expert, it is hard to imagine you spending more than about twenty minutes here. There are only a few panels of golden mosaics still intact,...More

Thank camsean
Reviewed 16 February 2017

It is a must. Also you will see some of the adjoining city neighbourhoods, very colourful. Not far from Chora museum and other tourist attractions so you can visit all of them in one go.

Thank Tania S
Reviewed 26 December 2016

This building is today the Fethiye Mosque in the Carsamba neighbourhood of Istanbul. A small part of the building is open as a museum. This is a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture and inside you will still find some good examples of the orginal mosaics....More

Thank Helena B
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.

Thank jrkelesoglu
Reviewed 14 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....More

Thank Robert R
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....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
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