"KALENDERHANE MOSQUE" Kalenderhane Camii - Mosque Tip by mtncorg
Kalenderhane Camii - Mosque, Istanbul: 1 reviews and 4 photos
Just south of the Valens Aqueduct and a short ways from the Vefa Bozacisi is the Kalenderhane Mosque. This is one of the few remaining Byzantine churches built from a domed Greek cross plan remaining in Istanbul. The dome is mounted on 16 ribs while the structure is of typical Byzantine alternating layers of brick and stone masonry. Paintings and frescoes have survived from the 12th and 13th centuries though most have been removed to the Archaeological Museum today.
After the 1453 conquest, the church was given to the Kalenderi sect of the Dervish who used it as their monastery and public kitchen – zaviye and imaret. Eventually, the building was converted into a mosque in 1746 though fire, earthquake and finally lightning – which collapsed the minaret – led to the building’s abandonment in the 1930’s. The building was painstakingly restored to its 12th century condition and the minaret and mihrab were restored so it could function as a mosque once again.
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