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Fethiye Camii (Pammakaristos Church)

#133 of 1,033 things to do in Istanbul
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Fener & Balat
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Address: Fethiyekapisi Sok, Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 212 522 1750

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A small gem

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... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
Tania S
Toronto, Canada
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Chengdu, China
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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, though it has to be said that the best few really are stunning. The one... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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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
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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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. We took bus 90 Draman from Eminonu and just get off at the last stop... More 

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Nice, France
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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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Fairfax, Virginia
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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. Most of the religious mosaics are not intact but still impressive. The most significant and... More 

Thank Bob R
Istanbul, Turkey
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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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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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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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Reviewed 11 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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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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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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