Shrine Of Zoodochus Pege-Balikli Kilise

Shrine Of Zoodochus Pege-Balikli Kilise, Istanbul

Shrine Of Zoodochus Pege-Balikli Kilise

Shrine Of Zoodochus Pege-Balikli Kilise
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Lanni
Amsterdam, The Netherlands2,444 contributions
Famous of its hagiasma or holy spring
Jan. 2020 • Solo
Located far from touristic hotspot of Sultanahmet, about 20 min walking from Oanorama 1453, and situated outside the Theodosian Walls, here it is the Zoodochos Pege famous of its hagiasma or holy spring. The church is unique and beautiful. The site is associated with a large number of miracle stories and legends. Quoted from The Byzantine Legacy: "It had a source of water or spring (pege) that came to be regarded as miraculous. Many miracles were were also attributed to mud from the spring. In the Ottoman era, this became known as Balıklı (“fish”) due to the fish in the spring."
Written 19 January 2020
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Paul J
Kusadasi, Turkey54 contributions
Must see for Christians or people appreciating other religions and cultures
Jul. 2019 • Couples
Beautiful, peaceful church with underground shrine and alleged healing spring water. Friendly staff.
The church is set in one of the biggest and oldest cemeteries in Istanbul, with many old Ottoman head stones. Also worth a browse.
Written 4 July 2019
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Nicholas B
Ellenton, FL45 contributions
A must visit when in Istambul
Oct. 2017 • Friends
For Orthodox Christians as well as others a place history needs to be visited. Make sure you walk through old cemetery a very short distance left of the monastery.
Written 24 October 2017
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Rod F
Royal Wootton Bassett, UK2,057 contributions
Interesting church, wonderful gravestones
Sep. 2016 • Couples
I concur with others about how to get to the church. We took the metro and walked, but we were walking the Theodosian walls and then back through the city anyway. An enclosure was built around the holy spring bt the Emperor Leo (457-474). Justinian built the first church on the site using surplus material from the Hagia Sophia, although this has long since been destroyed by an earthquake. The present church was built in 1833. It is of no great architectural merit, although the spring itself is has a nice setting. Of greater interest for me is the graveyard. This has dozens of gravestones decorated with reliefs of the trade the deceased held, and the script on each is Karamanlı, that is Turkish written in the Greek alphabet.
Written 16 May 2017
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Tania S
Toronto, Canada339 contributions
A place of pilgrimage
Nov. 2016 • Solo
A holy place for Christians. It might be difficult to find so I recommend taking a cab there. From there, you can walk to Aksemsettin tram station and take the tram to Sultanahmet area. This is the cheapest and easiest way.
Written 16 February 2017
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Nena D
Paralia Katerinis, Greece19 contributions
How to go..
May 2015 • Couples
If you are doing this trip on your own..Use the tram and get of at the station, Aksemsettin cost with Instabul card 2.15 lira!! I totally recommend the tram..it is the easiest way to see the city.
From there ask for the Manastery Maria Baloklou. It is approximately 10 minutes on foot.
Now as for the monastery..I am a Greek Orthodox so I can say that it is beautiful it has about 20 steps going down to get to the Holy water, but for me it is worth it.
The church is beautiful and Pateras Sofronios is a very good person.
Written 28 May 2015
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junior1907
Istanbul, Turkey188,454 contributions
Good to see it
Dec. 2014 • Solo
Balıklı Rum Kilisesi,also called as Panagia Pege is located at Zeytinburnu area of Istanbul on European side.Still in good conditions to visit and attend to some religious ceremonies.Easy to reach at this church by public transportation bus and minibus services.
Written 21 December 2014
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Paul-A-C-62
North Royalton, OH263 contributions
Life giving waters
Jun. 2014 • Friends
This was the first operating Greek Orthodox site we visited on our first day in Istanbul. After seeing churches that were turned into museums, it was refreshing to visit one that is still open. Typical Orthodox beauty on the inside and a decent gift shop. The trellised entrance was peaceful and relaxing, welcome after spending 12 hours on a plane and a few hours on a tour bus.
Written 14 December 2014
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junior1907
Istanbul, Turkey188,454 contributions
Very well protected
Aug. 2014 • Business
This famous Church is located in the Zeytinburnu neighbourhood.Very easy to reach here by public transportation as many public buses go near the church.This church is also called as Meryem Ana Church which is more common in public.Very well protected and maintained so it is always crowded with the visitors.Thia church is one of the most visited churces in İstanbul.İt is always nice to be at this church and have sometime in its quiet and holly athmosphere and pray in total relax.Recommended.
Written 13 August 2014
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Riguerra
73 contributions
peaceful church and lovely people
Apr. 2013 • Friends
one of the important church in this area, as many more in Istanbul famous with holy water inside and with the fishes, based on legend, you'll see the fish inside the small pool if your wish will come true. the only thing is really hard to find the place so I recommend use public transport from bakirkoy center or zeytinburnu.
Written 26 April 2013
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