S. Antonio di Padova Catholic Church, Istanbul

Although not at the size of Hagia Sophia, this is the largest church (still used for religious activities) in Turkey.

Although not at the size of Hagia Sophia, this is the largest church (still used for religious activities) in Turkey. It's directly on Istiklal St, but somewhat hidden from view by its yard portal. Masses in Italian, Turkish, and English (in different days of the week).
















About S. Antonio di Padova Catholic Church

 Tomtom Mh., İstiklal Avenue No:171, Estambul, Turkey

 +90 212 244 09


S. Antonio di Padova Catholic Church and Nearby Sights on Map

Pera Museum

Pera Museum is a private museum with a large collection of Turkish Orientalist paintings, archaeological finds of Anatolian measurement units and tools used in Asia Minor since antiquity, and faiences of Kütahya

Crimean Memorial Church

A neo-gothic anglican cathedral which would not be out of place in northwestern Europe, Crimean Memorial Church was built for the protestant community of the city by Britain in late 1800s

Galata Convent of Whirling Dervishes

A dancing hall of the mystical Mevlevi order, shut down in 1925 along with all other 'reactionary' movements in Turkey

Galata Tower

It was built by the Genoese on the city walls of Galata, then a western (Genoese/Venetian) stronghold beside eastern (Byzantine/Ottoman) Constantinople

Hagia Triada Orthodox Church

Finding a quite large and still operating church on the edge of the main square of the largest city of a predominantly Muslim country may not be expected by everyone, but this is exactly the definition of the quite elaborate Hagia Triada

French Institute

They have good art exhibits for free and sometimes have French films in the cinema

Istanbul Modern Art Museum

A must see for anyone interested in contemporary Turkish art, this is a nice, organized museum with contemporary installations

Gülhane Park

This park was royal hunting grounds in the past

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern, also known as ‘Yerebatan Cistern’ or Sunken Cistern, is the largest of the several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath Istanbul, with a holding capacity of 80,000 m3


While this partially intact marble pillar dating back to 4th century AD may seem unremarkable, it was the starting point of any distance measured within the empire during the Byzantine era, so it may be nice to think that you are in the centre of where all the roads lead to (or, rather, start from)