As Istanbul is one of the best cities considered as the capital of culture and art, the churches in Istanbul
are outstanding. The Christianity in Istanbul dates back to the 4th century. The Hagia Sophia, the Hagia Eirene and the Havariyyun are the first Christian Churches in Istanbul. There had many churches in Istanbul belonging to different sects, religious orders and different nations (Greek, Armenian, Latin, Genoise and more). Below are the popular and best churches in Istanbul that worth a visit on your trip to Istanbul.
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The St. Antony of Padua Catholic Church in Istanbul is located at the famous Istiklal Street, Pera in Taksim, Beyoglu and the Italian neo-Gothic style church was built in 1912. The St. Antony of Padua Catholic Church is one of the biggest churches in Istanbul and also has the largest Catholic community.
The 4th century St. Eirene Church, also known as Hagia Eirene Church is located in the 1st court of the Topkapi Palace on the Historical Peninsula. After the restoration it has been used for cultural activities and exhibitions.
The St. Pierre Church is located down the Galata Tower in Karakoy. The church was built in 1841 and built in basilica style with its four sided altar. The blue dome above the chorus stage is decorated with golden gildings.
The Istanbul Armenian Patriarchate is one of the 4 hierarchical centers of Armenian Churches with ones in Jerusalem, Erivan and Beirut. It is located in Kumkapi, about 20 mins from Hippodrome.
The Fener Greek Patriarchate & Hagia Yorgi (Aya Yorgi) Church is located in Fener, Golden Horn and also the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate is located in the court of the church. The church is famous with its priceless objects, that the patriarchate throne dates back to 5th century.
The Sakizagaci Surp Asdvazazin Church is located in Besiktas. It is an Armenian church that was built in 1866. The altars of the church is great with ornamented columns devoted to Virgin Mary.
The Aya Istefanos Church is located at Mursel Pasa Street jusy by the shore of the Golden Horn. It is also named as the "Bulgarian Church" and it is made of iron casting that those iron casts were made in Vienna and brought here by sea in 1871. The church was built for the Bulgarian minority that left the Fener Greek Patriarchate.
The Surp Krikor Lusavoric Armenian Orthodox Church is located in Karakoy, on the other coast of Eminonu Square. It is the oldest Armenian Church in Istanbul that was built in 1431. The domes and the bell tower is very elegant that there are few churches in Istanbul that has that kind of domes.
The Surp Krikor Lusavoric Church in Ortakoy is a beautiful one that was built between the years 1837-1838. The architecture of the church is like the Roman basilicas.
The Surp Vortvots Vorodman Church (Children of the Lightning) in Kumkapi, was first mentioned in the Travel Accounts of Simeon of Poland. The Agios Theodoros Aghiasma (Greek for ‘sacred spring’) in the church’s cistern proves that it used to be a Byzantine church.
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