Sunday, January 15, 2017


Zeyrek, Fatih - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 41°01'11.0"N 28°57'30.0"E / 41.019722, 28.958333

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Zeyrek is part of the Fatih district of Istanbul. It overlooks the Golden Horn, and got its name from the mosque of Zeyrek. It hosts also several Byzantine cisterns and the little Şeyh Süleyman Mosque, also of Byzantine origin. It is a picturesque but poor neighborhood. The center of Zeyrek is on the World Heritage list as part of the Historic Areas of Istanbul, the World Heritage site.

Emperor, depending on Pantokrator Church. Ioannes built by Komnemos (1118-1143). Zeyrek Cistern walls seems to be out of the way. 50 meters long, 18 meters wide. There are seven-column two-column order. Its interior area is 900 square meters. It was actively used until the end of the 18th century, when its water dried up due to unknown causes.

The Pantrokrator Cistern is beneath the Church of the Pantokrator (aka Zeyrek Kilise Camii) right next to the road that crosses the Golden Horn over Unkapanı Bridge towards the Valens (Bozdoğan) Aqueduct. It’s currently under restoration but we were able to go in and take a peek. It’s also possible to go up the stairs to the top where the water was overflowed to clean it into the galleries above.

Restoration of the Ottoman Cistern in Zeyrek, Fatih, history of which goes back to 12th century. The Pantokrator Monastery that was constructed in 1118 on a very large area constitutes a part of it. The only remaining parts of this rich monastery are the cisterns and the church.

The Piri Paşa Mosque, which was located above the cistern during the Ottoman Era, is currently being rebuilt. Constructed completely out of brick, the structure’s long wall looks out on the avenue and features niches built to help it withstand water pressure.

The same niches are visible on the hillside wall where the cistern rests. Built only to store water, the structure is thought to have carried another building during the Byzantine Era. Estimated to have been built around the 6th or 7th century, the cistern was recently restored for use as a culture center.


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1 comment:

  1. Hello, and thanx for the informations about the cistern.I know that the restoration ended in 1012 but the cistern is still closed to visitors tough, isn't it?