Consecrated in the 13th century, Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi represents the only Byzantine church in Istanbul that has never served as a mosque. The building is located somewhat off the beaten path and is rarely open to the public. Saved from conversion to a mosque by the personal request of Mehmed the Conqueror, the church is named after Princess Maria Paleogina, illegitimate child of Emperor Michael VIII Paleologos. Plan a trip to Istanbul easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi (a.k.a. Church of Saint Mary of the Mongols, or Theotokos Panaghiotissa or Kanlı Kilise or Bloody Church) is in the Fener neighborhood. It is enclosed by a high... more »
Church of Saint Mary is located in Balat, Istanbul. The church is surrounded by many landmarks that are a part of Christian culture such as churches, restaurants, synagogues, schools etc. It is not... more »
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