Hidden Gem: Pammakaristos Church in Istanbul
Hidden Gem: Pammakaristos Church in Istanbul
Do you want to see more than Hagia Sofia, Sultanahmet and Taksim Square in Istanbul?

There is a must see building which is located in the Çarşamba neighbourhood within the district of Fatih inside the walled city of the beautiful Istanbul. Pammakaristos Church, also known as the Church of Theotokos Pammakaristos, in 1591 converted into a mosque and known as Fethiye Mosque (mosque of the conquest) and today partly a museum, is one of the most famous Byzantine churches in Istanbul, Turkey. The parekklesion, besides being one of the most important examples of Constantinople's Palaiologan architecture, has the largest amount of Byzantine mosaics in Istanbul after the Hagia Sophia and Chora Church. According to most scholars, the church was built between the eleventh and the twelfth centuries.


Many historians and archaeologists believe that the original structure of the church can be attributed to Michael VII Ducas, others put its foundation in the Comnenian period. It has also been suggested by the Swiss scholar and Byzantinist Ernest Mamboury that the original building was erected in the 8th century.

How to get there?

Address: Fethiye Cami Balat Mh. 34087 Fatih/İstanbul Türkiye
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