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Kariye Camii (St. Savior in Chora): Maria Palaiologina

Maria Palaiologina

Mosaic portrait of Maria Palaiologina, illegitimate daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos (ruled 1258-1282), the wife of the Mongol ruler Abaqa Khan, and an influential Christian leader among the Mongols.

Credit: Caner Cangül / Flickr