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).
Tomtom Mh., İstiklal Avenue No:171, Estambul, Turkey
+90 212 244 09
S. Antonio di Padova Catholic Church and Nearby Attractions on Map
Hagia Sophia(2.7 km)
Hagia Sophia is a 6th century Orthodox patriarchal basilica that was later used as a mosque, and is today a museum.
Topkapi Palace(2.3 km)
TheTopkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years of their 624-year reign.
Galata Tower(0.8 km)
It was built by the Genoese on the city walls of Galata, then a western (Genoese/Venetian) stronghold beside eastern (Byzantine/Ottoman) Constantinople.
Patriarchate of Constantinople(2.1 km)
Arguably the centre of World Orthodoxy, housed since 1586 in Church of St George (Greek: Agíou Geōrgíou, Turkish: Aya Yorgi), which is, despite its religious importance, an otherwise unremarkable and unimpressive building from outside, though its lavishly decorated interior is worth a look.
The Museum of Archeology(2.5 km)
A must see! One of the best, including a great collection of Sumerian tablets, pieces of the wall of Babylon and Roman marble statues.
Basilica Cistern(2.7 km)
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.
Galata Convent of Whirling Dervishes(0.9 km)
A dancing hall of the mystical Mevlevi order, shut down in 1925 along with all other 'reactionary' movements in Turkey.
Dolmabahce Palace(2.2 km)
It's the Ottoman Palace centered close to Taksim at the Dolmabahçe shore.
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