"Mosaics of the Church of Pammakaristos" Fethiye Camii - Pammakaristos Church Tip by MM212

  St Gregory the Illuminator - Jan 2010
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  • St Gregory the Illuminator - Jan 2010 - Istanbul
      St Gregory the Illuminator - Jan 2010
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  • Christ Pantocrator - Istanbul
      Christ Pantocrator
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  • Christ Hyperagathos in the apse - Istanbul
      Christ Hyperagathos in the apse
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  • Saint Anthony & other saints - Istanbul
      Saint Anthony & other saints
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  • Out of focus mosaic - Istanbul
      Out of focus mosaic
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Though smaller in scale and number than the mosaics at St Saviour in Chora, those at the Church of Theotokos Pammakaristos are just as splendid and are considered the third most important in Istanbul (Hagia Sophia being top). They are also contemporary with St Saviour in Chora, created during an early 14th century expansion of the church. After the conversion of the church into a mosque in 1573, they were forgotten under a layer of plaster for nearly four centuries and were not revealed until a mid-20th century restoration. The only mosaics that have survived are located in the parekklesion, the side chapel, which is now open as a museum (Fethiye Müzesi), while the rest of the structure continues to be used as a mosque. The most striking are those covering the dome, depicting Christ Pantocrator & twelve Old Testament prophets. Other notable ones include Christ Hyperagathos in the apse, and those of saints on the vaults.

Address: Fethiye Kapısı, Çarşamba, FATIH

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