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Patriarchate of Constantinople, Istanbul

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.

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. While you are around, don't forget to check out the Phanar Greek College (Fener Rum Lisesi) just next to the St George, which has an imposing tower made of red brick which seems to appear straight out of medieval times.


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About Patriarchate of Constantinople

 Sadrazam Ali Paşa Caddesi, Fener

 +90 212 531-96

 [email protected]

 www.ec-patr.org

Patriarchate of Constantinople and Nearby Sights on Map

St Stephen Church

A Bulgarian Orthodox church better known as Demir Kilise, i

Chora Church

Also known as the Church of St Saviour in Chora (chora translates 'countryside' in Byzantine Greek, which refers to what the site of the church exactly was when it was built), this is 1000 year old Byzantine church, an example of a church somewhat out of the traditional center, but is an absolute must see with precious mosaic frescoes and a captivating mood inside

Rahmi M. Koç Industrial Museum

This is a typical industry museum which showcases evolution of machines

Fatih

Suleymaniye Mosque

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

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

S. Antonio di Padova Catholic Church

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

Feshane

Originally a factory producing fezzes (fes), Ottoman red hats made of felt, adopted in Ottoman Empire in early 1800s as a part of westernizing efforts in lieu of much more traditional turbans