FULL DAY TOUR including LUNCH
Spend a full day around the old city, visit spectacular Byzantine Churches including Patriarch, Blacharnae, St. Savour-in-Chora, Pammarictos, Pege, St.Sargius&Bacchs and Pantacrator Churches.
The PATRIARCHATE at Fener, by the Golden Horn, is the heart of the global Orthodox Christian community. After Constantine the Great’ s declaration of Christianity as a freely practiced religion in the Roman Empire, the capital was moved from Rome to Byzantium.
Though the city was conquered by Muslim Ottomans in 1453, Sultan Mehmet’s wisdom, vision of coexistence among civilizations and policies of tolerance have encouraged the seat of Patriarch to remain in the city.
CHURCH OF PANAGIA BLACHERNAE, the best known and most celebrated shrine of the Holy Virgin located near the Golden Horn. Famed with the hagiasma (fountain of holywater), good to cure health problems, and the Hagion Lousma (Sacred bath) good to clean the soul, where even emperor sought the grace of God to purify themselves.
ST. SAVIOR IN CHORA (Kariye), originally a Byzantine monastery, dedicated to Jesus Christ Savior and Pantocrator, survived with fantastic mosaics and frescoes, portraying scenes from the Holy Bible, the life and miracles of Jesus.
Church of ST. MARY PAMMACARISTOS (Fethiye), built in XI. Century by the Emperor John Comnenus, displaying the aesthetic refinement attained to the age of Paleologanage; and originally belonged to a convent of nuns. The abbey housed the Patriarchate for a while after the conquest.
ZOODOCHOS PEGE AT BALIKLI, dedicated to the Mother of God at Pege, with an underground cistern, full of goldfish related to a well-known miracle and the fountain of holywater, believed to cure many diseases, is one of the most celebrated shrines.
The monastic complex of Christ PANTOCRATOR (Zeyrek) was one of the largest and best organized of the Byzantine period, comprising two churches and a funerary chapel, baths, a hospice for the aged, a hospital and a medical school, a hostel for travellers and a library. –can only be seen from outside-
ST. SERGIUS & BACCHUS, a landmark in Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture. Today it is known as the “Little Hagia Sophia” because its general plan as a precursor of Hagia Sophia. -Can only be seen from outside-
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