Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi, Istanbul

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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. To find out how to plan a trip to Istanbul, use our trip itinerary maker.
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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 wall, ...  more »
  • Everyone says red church, but it's high school. Since only the façade can be seen, it can be visited while the ballad is being visited. The structure is ambitious and stands out because it is old.
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