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30 Apr 2018
15 Sep 2016
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Balat Mahallesi | Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Fener & Balat
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Go up the hill on a roof of one of the buildings there to get the view. It is nice to walk around the neighborhood. Very peaceful.

Thank ayman_kilzar
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

This is a Greek Orthodox School and it is just beautiful. The view is fantastic from up on the hill at Balat.

Thank Ozlem S
Reviewed 17 March 2016

The Church of Panaghia Muhliotissa is more widely known as the Church of the Mongols, so named after the Byzantine Princess, Maria Paleologino who married the Mongol, Abaka Khan, and lived in Mongolia for 15 years. After her husband was murdered she returned to the...More

1  Thank hayesy2015
Reviewed 10 June 2015

first of all,the picture shown near the title is the school for the greek children of istanbul.The church is the smaller building near it.The thing is all the churches have been converted into the mosques or museums by the time except this.That is the only...More

1  Thank elif k
Reviewed 31 October 2014

Ignore the 4 photos. They are of the school that is behind the church and is 19th century. Very Victorian but with some nice touches. The church itself is in a street further up the hill, then turn right, and back down the adjacent street....More

3  Thank Lord M
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Church of St. Mary of the Mongols is the only Byzantine building in the city to be serving as a church today. It's in Istanbul's Fener district which used to be home to city's remaining Greek population until 19th - 20th centuries. Fener is today...More

1  Thank aegean79
Reviewed 17 March 2013

Not generally open to the public and impossible to find but this gem is special and worth the effort

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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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