Ruins of Saint Polieuktos Church

The archaeologists of R.M Harrison and Hayes in the excavations of the Ayios / Hagios / Aya Polyeuktos in Saraçhane have the excavation reports “Excavation at Saraçhane in İstanbul“. In addition, a large amount of ceramic, stone, column head, column drum and column body were obtained in the excavations of Polyeuktos. Many of them remain stacked (or stacked) in the middle of the ruins. Istanbul Archeology Museum can be seen in selected topics. The archaeological park in Saraçhane is interesting in this respect and it is necessary to examine the exhibits in the park under a separate title in our site. During the excavations of Ayios Polyeuktos Church, a large amount of glass was also found. (Harrison-Nezih Firatli, 1966, p.59; Hayes 192, p.400-409; Philippe, 1990, p.44) These include oil lamps, glass and window glasses. Glass windows are round or angular; The colors are brown, green, oliv, yellow and blue-green tones. There are also light-colored ones that are colorless. Round glasses are made with the “crown” technique and their center is hubbed and the edges are folded inward. Although the glazed windows are dated to the 7th century (Harrison, 1986, p.206), some of the glazed windows may be Byzantine and some belong to the Turkish period. Polyeuktos chalice, glass, oil, bracelets, bowls, bottles and plates were also found. The colors are green, blue, bluish green, yellow, oliv, colorless. They can be dated from the 5th century to the 13th century (Hayes, 1992 pp. 4000-405). These are wall inlays, gold leaf wall plates and enameled bottle pieces (Hayes, 1992, p.405; Harrison, 1986s.174). * Crown: Pebble glass technique. First Source: Anatolian Glass; ÜZLİFAT ÖZGÜMÜŞ-Pera publishing-2000Art of SenanAyios / Hagios / Aya Polyeuktos ‘plan (from Harisson) Saraçhanebaşı’ Ayios Polyeuktos Church, which stands on the northwest of the town hall and remains on Atatürk boulevard, is named as one of the biggest basilicas of Istanbul after Ayasofya. The basilica dates back to the 6th century. Because it was dedicated to St. Polyeuktos in Saraçhane, the church that was named after it was ruined in the 11th century, and then it was looted. The precious parts and columns of the church were abducted to Barcelona and Venice. The church was basilically planned and domed. Until a few years ago, the building was very maintenance-free, and its surroundings were fortunate enough to be turned into a “closed-air museum from an open-air toilet”, surrounded by wire mesh, thanks to three students’ senses. Two years ago, they participated in the project competition organized by the Ministry of National Education in the academic year two years ago, but the projects they have been working for for months have been stalled into the obstacles of the Monuments Council, and they chose Ayios Polyeuktos Church in Saraçhane. The 1500-year-old church, which was surrounded by state institutions, was in a state of grief, and those who wanted to examine the ruins of the church had to clog their noses, and these three high school students were able to clear the remains of these churches and turn them into a touristic place. He got in touch with the Municipality and got a positive response and they prepared posters and promotional papers. A partnership agreement was signed with the Metropolitan on cleaning, lighting, security personnel and information board. First, the Directorate of Parks and Gardens has translated the remains with wire mesh. Thankfully, the last time I saw this tarihi was surrounded by fences, and it seemed to have been saved from some of the negative external influences, thanks to the bright young students who were conscious of the environment and history.

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