Zeyrek Camii (Zeyrek Church Mosque)


zeyrek mosque, Church of the Monastery of Pantocractor, İstanbul, Zeyrek Camii

zeyrek mosque, Church of the Monastery of Pantocractor, İstanbul, Zeyrek Camii

The Zeyrek Church Mosque, formerly the Church of the Monastery of Pantocractor, was built by Byzantine Emperor John II Comnenus (1118-1143) and his wife, Empress Irene. Built on the forth hill of the city overlooking the Golden Horn, the famous Middle Byzantine foundation had a triple-church, a hostel, a hospital, a hospice for the elderly, a medical school and a library. Copies of the Typikon, or the monastery calendar describing services and ceremonies, provide details of the monastery’s social and religious functions. The imperial founders endowed the monastery with numerous properties, including other monasteries in the Marmara region, Thrace, Macedonia, Western Anatolia and the Aegean Islands. Only the church, used as a mosque since the Ottoman conquest, and the cisterns of the monastery have remained.

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zeyrek mosque, Church of the Monastery of Pantocractor, İstanbul, Zeyrek Camii

zeyrek mosque, Church of the Monastery of Pantocractor, İstanbul, Zeyrek Camii

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