Monastery of Saint John of Pelekete

Turkey, Mudanya (Bursa)

Monastery of Saint John of Pelekete

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The Monastery of St. John is located ca 5 kilometers west of Trigleia on the south coast of the Sea of Marmara. It is also known as Pelekete which means “carved” probably to it being constructed upon a steep rock.  

Its foundation should be dated before the middle of the eighth century, as at that point it existed already  a large monastery with more than forty monks and more than one church. In 764 it was destructed as a punishment for the rejection of the iconoclastic policy of the Byzantine Emperors. Many of its monks were killed. The monastery reappear in the end of the 8th century and in the second phase of Iconoclasm becomes again a center of opposition to Iconoclasm. After the 9th century, the sources are silent about Pelekete which is mentioned again in the 17th and 18th centuries. Two earthquakes in 1855 and 1880 caused damages to the monastery which was subsequently restored. In the beginning of the 20th century, it was abandoned.


The church as it was reconstructed in the 19th and 20th century is rectangular (15 X 12 meters) but it follows the lines of the medieval construction. The area of the bema and apse is definitely dated in the Byzantine period. Based on the southeast naos column which consisted of spolia, we can deduce that the Byzantine dome had a diameter of 4 meters. Some carved fragments of a cornice are dated in  Late Antiquity. The south wall of the church had Roman fragments whereas in the church were found two capitals with crosses. Also further marmor plates and other carved elements are to be seen on the area around the monastery.



Información de la localidad

Monastery of Saint John of Pelekete
Other monuments and places to visitPanagia Pantobasilissa (Lady Queen of All) Church in Tirilye
Natural Heritage
Historical Recreations
Festivals of Tourist Interest
Tourist OfficeNo
Specialized Guides
Guided visits
AccommodationsIn the city of Tirilye
Monument or place to visitMonastery of Saint John the Theologian, known as Pelekete
StyleRemains of the 8th century and later (19th/20th century)
TypeByzantine Monastic architecture
Epoch8th century and later (19th and 20th centuries)
State of conservationRuins
Degree of legal protection
Mailing address9QQ3+Q8G Mudanya, Bursa, Turkey (no actual mailing address)
Coordinates GPS40°23′21.97″N 28°45′11.98″E
Property, dependency
Possibility of visits by the general public or only specialists
No general public visits
Conservation needs
Visiting hours and conditions
No specific visiting hours; not an easy access
Ticket amount
Research work in progress
Repair works in the 19th and 20th centuries
AccessibilityNot very good. 5km to the west of Trilye
Signaling if it is registered on the route
-Cyril Mango and Ihor Ševčenko, Some Churches and Monasteries on the Southern Shore of the Sea of Marmara. Dumbarton Oaks Papers 27 (1973), pp. 235-277
-Alice-Mary Talbot: Pelekete monastery. In: The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Oxford University Press, Oxford 1991, vol. 3, p.1620.
Information websiteswikipedia.org
Location9QQ3+Q8G Mudanya, Bursa, Turkey