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Zeyrek mosque - former Pantocrator Monastery

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This is the (former) church of the Pantocrator monastery, known as the Zeyrek Camii. The pantocrator is a composite of two churches and a chapel between them. It was built between 1120 and 1136. The southern church was built by Empress Eirene, wide of John II Comnenus and dedicated to St. Saviour Pantocrator, Christ Almighty.

I have always found this complex closed (and for years under reconstruction), but in June 2008 I was shown around by the guardian (he lives to the right of the facade) - but photography was forbidden. It was as expected, with ancient floors and lots of the original marmble still in place. And indeed with a number of separate spaces woven into one. Restoration was overdue, but once that is finished, it will be a monumental and very important building to visit. I hope they'll forbid the parking of cars in its front (or wherever), so its full splendour can be appreciated.
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Istanbul Molla Zeyrek and Sheb Sefa Hatun Camii 2002 368.jpg
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