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Plenty of history here an dwell worth taking the time to wander inside and outside. Considering how... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2018
Brenton K
Adelaide, Australia
Unique mosque

Kalenderhane Mosque is unique in Istanbul because it is the only pre-1453 structure that retained... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
Eduardo A
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Kalenderhane Mahallesi, 16 Mart Sehitleri Cd. No: 16 | Vefa, Fatih, Istanbul 34134, Turkey
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

Only five minutes walk from the Sulemaniye Mosque, this ancient church - now a mosque - has a rich and varied history. It was built in the 9th or 10th century and is very reminiscent of the Ayasofya inside. It was used as a church...More

Thank Perrygrinate
Reviewed 17 June 2018

Plenty of history here an dwell worth taking the time to wander inside and outside. Considering how old the building is its in very good condition

Thank Brenton K
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Walking in fatih district trying to go to egyptian spice bazaar i came acrossthis mosque on the left and since it was friday afternoon the road was blocked by people praying for afternoon friday prayers.

Thank Shehla2017
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Kalenderhane Mosque Located in Kalenderhane Mahallesi, adjacent to the historical water arches, 3 minutes walk from Vezneciler Metro Station. It is one of the oldest works which are used actively in Istanbul. Although the date of foundation is unknown, it is estimated to be at...More

Thank Erkan Ö
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Kalenderhane Mosque is unique in Istanbul because it is the only pre-1453 structure that retained its marble revetments from when it was a church.

Thank Eduardo A
Reviewed 16 May 2017

John Freely says that this was dilapidated in the 1960s and was carefully restored and excavated between 1966-1978. During this restoration, a number of frescoes were uncovered, one of which was a Life of st Francis of Assisi from ca 1250, which predate those executed...More

Thank Rod F
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Walking along the narrow street from Suleymaniye Mosque, I found this Byzantine style small mosque. There are not many tourists around here, but worth visiting if you are interested in the Byzantine architecure.

Thank Vacationer807484
Reviewed 12 October 2016

While walking arround the historical peninsula of Istanbul, if you can make yourself visit this little mosque, go inside. Worth to spend sometime in it.

Thank jrkelesoglu
Reviewed 1 March 2016

Given the high number of churhes and mosques in Istanbul which are much more beautiful, this mosque is definitely not a must see. However, in case you are interested in mosques converted from churches and in case you are interested in the Kalenderi sect of...More

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Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the
Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in
search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name
jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed
cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow
streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to
the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the
evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside
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