Kalenderhane Camii

Kalenderhane Camii, Istanbul

Kalenderhane Camii
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Neighbourhood: 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 the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
How to get there
  • Vezneciler • 5 min walk
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Lanni
Amsterdam, The Netherlands2,296 contributions
Byzantium's Theotokos Kyriotissa
Dec 2019 • Solo
Dated back from the era of Byzantium of its Theotokos Kyriotissa, Kalenderhane Camii welcomes all visitors - unlike other mosques from Byzantium era which are most of the time closed - I am grateful I could enter the mosque and enjoy the magnificent interior inside. Beautiful and intact. It is located around Istanbul University with lots of cafe and restaurants although it doesn't reduce the peaceful feeling in the mosque area.
Free tea is available for visitors.
Written 22 December 2019
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Madan Gopal M
Bengaluru, India4,289 contributions
Hidden jewel.
Aug 2019 • Couples
We visited this little known Mosque on our way to Suleimani Mosque. Built based on turkish architectural principles with wide windows, ornamental decorations is a worth a visit if time permits.
Written 24 September 2019
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shaik786
Bengaluru, India508 contributions
Attractive building
Jul 2019 • Solo
A very peaceful building, especially for prayers. Good architecture and a good place to spend some free time, but certainly not a must-see
Written 31 July 2019
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia7,948 contributions
Should've stopped.
Jan 2019 • Friends
Came across this whilst looking for good views of the Valens Aqueduct, didn't enter but walked around it. Another example of a church converted into a mosque.
Written 25 February 2019
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Perry Grinate
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, UK713 contributions
Open at last after restoration. Don't miss it
Oct 2018 • Solo
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 by the looting crusaders in the 13th century, was put to non-religious uses and finally became a mosque quite late in the day. If you go after visiting Sulemaniye, you can walk on for another 10 minutes to the magnificent Fatih Mosque (and take in the massive street market outside if you go on a Wednesday) Kalenderhane will not disappoint.
Written 5 October 2018
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Brenton K
Adelaide, Australia1,220 contributions
Stop and take a look
Jun 2018 • Solo
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
Written 17 June 2018
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SOQ2010
Massachusetts1,681 contributions
Bearings
Mar 2018 • Solo
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.
Written 2 April 2018
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Erkan Ö
Istanbul, Turkey561 contributions
It is one of the oldest build which are used actively in Istanbul.
Mar 2018 • Solo
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 least 1000 years old.
This place of worship, which was built as Orthodox Church in the Byzantine period, has been turned into a mosque by Turks after 400 years after the Turks took Istanbul.
Written 5 March 2018
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Eduardo A
Toronto20 contributions
Unique mosque
May 2017 • Solo
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.
Written 23 August 2017
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Rod F
Royal Wootton Bassett, UK2,057 contributions
Important church in the history of Christanity in the city
Sep 2016 • Couples
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 in Assisi. The church had been taken over by the Latins shortly after 1204, and reverted to Greek Orthodoxy after they recaptured the city in 1261. More importantly, a mosaic depicting the Presentation in the Temple, dating to the C7th ce, is the only pre-Iconoclastic era figurative painting ever found in the city. The most important of these are now exhibited in the `Istanbul through the Ages' pavilion at the Archaeological Museum. (information from John Freely `Istanbul', 2005, p86-87). The interior is quite simple, but it retains a strong Byzantine flavour.
Written 16 May 2017
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