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Church of the Pammakaristos

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This splendid, scarcely-visited Byzantine church in Istanbul served as the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate until the late 16th century when it was turned into a mosque, called the "Victory Mosque" by Murat III to commemorate his conquests of Georgia and Azerbaijan. It is rich with Byzantine mosaics mosaics of Christ and the saints, set in a background of gold.

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