Pammakaristos Church-Fethiye Mosque

The monastery of the Theotokos Pammakaristos is located in Fatih district of Istanbul. Pammakaristos was built during the Komnenian reign as a Middle Age Byzantine church and was added with late Byzantine architecture. The parekklesion was dedicated to Christ, added on the South side of Pammakaristos by Maria in the 14th century to house the tomb of her husband.

From 1455 to 1587, the church became the seat of the Patriarchate by Gennadios II Scholarios. It was converted into a mosque by the Ottoman Sultan Murad III and named as “Fethiye” on behalf of the conquest of Georgia.

It was renovated several times and especially restored extensively between 1938-1940 and then converted into a museum. All the mosaics and the frescoes have been uncovered by the Byzantine Institute.

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