Gul Camii
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The Gul Mosque (Turkish: Gul Camii) was built as a church during the Roman period in the 11th century, known as the Saint Theodosia Church. After the conquest of istanbul the church was converted into a mosque in 1499 and took the name “Gul” (English: Rose).
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Neighbourhood: Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.

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Rod F
Royal Wootton Bassett, UK2,053 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
This was the former Church of St Theodosia, and was the church where the last Byzantine Emperor, Constantine IX Dragases prayed on the night of the last successful assault on Constantinople. After the capture of the city, when Turkish soldiers entered the church, they found roses scattered around to celebrate the the feast day of St Theodosia, hence Gul Camii. John Freely says that it is one of the most beautiful of the extant Byzantine churches. in almost perfect condition.
Written 18 May 2017
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HJasmine
Manchester, UK124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This was the Church of St Theodosa in the Byzantine period. It is where the last Byzantine princess prayed during the sacking of the city by the ottomans. It was dedicated to a martyred woman who died protecting icons of Jesus during the iconoclasm of the Byzantine period. You can see some surviving Byzantine artwork/painting inside!

Now a mosque, this building is not easy to find. There was a man outside that kindly let us in, and there were no other tourists around. Plan your visit around prayer times.
Written 4 October 2023
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gurkan o
Istanbul, Türkiye18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
A beautiful architecture typical Byzantine. Converted to a Mosque in 15th century. Building is well kept for it has been in use by muslims for day prayers. Cannot see the Byzantine mosaics as they are probably covered in whitewash if there are any.

On the shores of beautiful Golden Horn, please also visit other Byazantine churches at walking distance here,
Written 26 February 2014
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