Church of the Life-Giving Font of the Theotokos (Istanbul)
After serving the Christian people at Constantinople for about 1,000 years, Muslim invaders tore down the church in 1453 after taking over the city of Constantinople. The church was greatly reduced in size and the original stones were used to build a mosque.
During the Greek Revolution in 1821, the small chapel was destroyed. A decade later, a group of Christians received permission to excavate the fallen church to rediscover the blessed waters. After finding the original church's foundations, they built a large and prestigious church on the sacred grounds. The new church was completed on December 30, 1834, and consecrated by Patriarch Constantine in dedication to the Most Holy Theotokos during the year 1835.
The church was once again destroyed by Turks in 1955. A small church now stands at the site where the sacred water still performs miracles to this very day.
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