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Panagia of the Stable in Nichori of the Bosphorus


Churches, chapels and holy springs are scattered all through the size and breadth of Constantinople and its suburbs. Many of them with an awesome historic background, some in full reference to the rise and fall of Roman civilization and different modest ones that await the pilgrim to go to them. Nichori (or Neochori, identified right now as Yeniköy) is situated on the European shores of the Bosphorus strait, between the neighborhoods of İstinye and Tarabya. Nichori was till the 1955 Istanbul pogrom a neighborhood with a substantial Greek (Roman) inhabitants in addition to Armenian and Jewish communities. It was right here behind the yali of Ahmed Afif Pasha, the place Agatha Christie stayed as a visitor in 1933 whereas writing Murder on the Orient Express. There are a number of Christian church buildings within the neighborhood. The Greek Orthodox Church of Dormition of the Theotokos (Panayia Kumariotisa Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi) was inbuilt 1837 on the request of Sultan Mahmud II′s private doctor Stephanos Karatheodoris.

In Nichori can be a Holy Spring generally known as Panagia of the Stable (Panagia tis Fatni). It was as soon as a secure of a Turkish proprietor. Inside was discovered an previous Icon of the Virgin Mary and believers got here for pilgrimage to the place whereas on the identical time the home animals remained inside it. The inhabitants of Nichori gave the identify: Panagia Achouriotissa, because the phrase “achouri” is of Turkish origin from the phrase “ahir”, which implies “secure”.

Entering its inside, you descend a number of steps to the inside of the chapel. A humble, modest and heartfelt house.

The spring has no water, and though it’s positioned within the class of the Holy Springs of the City, it’s basically a chapel. Over the years, the positioning was granted to the Roman group, sustaining its unique identify but additionally its humility. The most vital renovation of the positioning was carried out in 1950 through the Patriarchate of Athenagoras on the expense of the locals. Patriarch Athenagoras was the one who proposed the extra ornate and chic identify change to Panagia of the Stable as an alternative of “Achouriotissa”.

 

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