Istanbul, Gul Camii
|Also known as||Fragment of detached mosaic|
|Location||Yavuz Sultan Selim Mahallesi, Vakıf Mektebi Sk. No:16, 34083 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey|
|Placement||well, it may have come from here and where it now is, who knows....but keep a look out...|
Originally the church now known as the Gul Camii (Rose Mosque) belonging to the nunnery of S. Theodosia. It was erected by Basil I at the end of the ninth century. In his book on the churches of Istanbul, Thomas Mathews says the current structure is 1000-1150.. In 1490 the ruined church was converted into a mosque.
A small fragment of mosaic said to be from the church is somewhere in the world, probably in the Archaeological Museum in Istanbul I have never seen it but it was published with an awful black and white photograph in an article written in 1929. Following Mathews, I've bunged it into the eleventh century here but if you come across it, please let me know!!