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A view looking east at the apse of the church and the semi-circular benches (synthronos) where the clergy sat. The raised platform in the center of the synthronos is probably where the bishop's throne was placed.
The roped-off area, in the foreground, is where the altar once stood.
Justinian built the church in Nicea in the sixth century A.D. Sultan Orhangazi turned it into a mosque in 1331.
In modern times the church/mosque was turned into a "museum" but more recently restored as a mosque.
The Seventh Ecumenical Council convened here in A.D. 787—the one that restored the veneration of icons in churches.