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Kalenderhane Mosque Istanbul

Kalenderhane Mosque Istanbul
In a pretty part of the Suleymaniye neighbourhood and near the old aqueduct the Kalenderhane Mosque was once the large 12th century Byzantine Church of Theotokas- Kyriotissa and renamed by Kalender dervishes who used the building as a lodge (tekke) after the Ottoman conquest.

Artefacts of Kalenderhane Church

The church once had a series of frescoes depicting St. Francis of Assisi,
which are said to be the oldest paintings of the Saint to have been discovered and are now in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum although not on display.  There was also a mosaic believed to date from the 7th century showing the presentation of Christ in the Temple and is the only pre-Iconoclastic mosaic to have ever been found, furthermore excavations next to the church revealed remains of two previous churches and a 4th-5th century bathhouse.

Location

Kalenderhane Mosque is located in Kalenderhane district of Fatih .

Getting to Kalenderhane Mosque

To get to the Suleymaniye Mosque Complex and surrounding area walk along the Divan Yolu or take a tram to the Beyazit / Grand Bazaar stop and walk along Çadırıcılar Caddesi (road) that runs between the main bazaar building and the Secondhand Book Market. Continue along Fuatpaşa Caddesi (road) which runs alongside the Istanbul University , passing what was once the Janissary Barracks turn left up Sami Onar Caddesi and it brings you to the Dar-ül-Hadis Medrese which is on the right side and continuing along here will bring you to the centre of the Suleymaniye complex.
You can also take the Bus No. 32 from Eminonu to the Sehzade Mosque.
 

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