Extended Turkey Guide

Villages of Istanbul

Waterfalls in Istanbul

Antalya Turkey Hotels

Saint Theodosia Church of Istanbul

ISTANBUL July 25, 2016
903 views
Saint Theodosia Church (Gül mosque)

Saint Theodosia Church (Gül mosque)

Gül Mosque (Saint Theodosia Church)

The structure that is located at the point where Şerefiye Street and Şair Nevi Street intersect at the back street of the Golden Horn is an old Byzantine church and was contructed during the period of Basileios I (867-886). Saint Theodosia, to whom the church was dedicated, was killed during Iconoclasm period (726-843) when she was trying to prevent others who tried to bring down Jesus icon on Halke Door of Grand Palace next to Hagia Sophia square and she was exalted to the title of saint. Sincethe relics of the saint. Since the relics of the saint were placed at the church, it was contionusly visited by pilgrims and travelers who came to Istanbul.

Saint Theodosia Church view Golden Horn

Saint Theodosia Church view Golden Horn

The time when the church was turned into a mosque is contversial. The fact that this place was named as “Gül Mosque” in the Vakıflar Tahrir Defteri (the notebook for records) in 1546 show that it was turned into a mosque before this date. The mosque that was greatly damaged in the fire of 1633 was repaired during the preiod of Mahmut II (1808 – 1839).

Saint Theodosia Church plan

Saint Theodosia Church plan

The middle section of the closed cross plan structure is covered with a dome and the arms of the cross are covered with vault. The main location covered with a dome sitting on four large feet with pendantives is reached by gallery floors in “U” shape at both sides and at the entrance side. The semidome of the apse and the dome are ornamented with motifs. The side fronts of the structure as well as the large carrier arches and main dome were renewed in Ottoman period.

Comments

No comment

This blog is kept spam free by WP-SpamFree.

Related Posts
Istanbul Turkey Guide

Istanbul Turkey Guide

July 9, 2017
678 views
Istanbul Guide (Part 1)

Istanbul Guide (Part 1)

May 31, 2017
700 views
Istanbul

Istanbul

May 21, 2017
936 views
Istanbul VS Paris: Which is Better?

Istanbul VS Paris: Which is Better?

April 10, 2017
1,608 views
Legoland İstanbul

Legoland İstanbul

December 9, 2016
1,045 views
Bebek District

Bebek District

September 20, 2016
1,124 views
Istanbul Third (New) Airport

Istanbul Third (New) Airport

August 26, 2016
2,158 views
Tramvay and Subway Systems in Istanbul

Tramvay and Subway Systems in Istanbul

August 13, 2016
1,074 views
The Great List Shopping Malls of Istanbul

The Great List Shopping Malls of Istanbul

August 11, 2016
869 views
Other Posts!
Aspendos Antique City (Theater) Guide

Aspendos Antique City (Theater) Guide

February 7, 2017
777 views
Istanbul Weather September

Istanbul Weather September

June 18, 2016
993 views
Best 10 Beaches of Turkey

Best 10 Beaches of Turkey

October 8, 2016
874 views
All Museums of Istanbul Turkey

All Museums of Istanbul Turkey

August 6, 2016
803 views
Turkish Tiles History

Turkish Tiles History

July 20, 2016
1,185 views
Special Kars Turkey Guide

Special Kars Turkey Guide

October 2, 2016
2,642 views
Top 10 Places from Izmir for Holiday

Top 10 Places from Izmir for Holiday

August 1, 2016
4,946 views
Alanya Turkey Guide: Weather, Map, Airport

Alanya Turkey Guide: Weather, Map, Airport

August 4, 2016
1,451 views