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Churches and cathedrals in Istanbul

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    The spiritual heart of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, The Ecumenical Patriarchate occupies a relatively humble complex in one of Istanbul's o
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    Hagia Triada Church , Istanbul
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    Visit the largest Greek Orthodox shrine in Istanbul at Hagia Triada Church. This 19th-century structure features neo-Baroque architecture wit
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    The strikingly white, ornate facade of Saint Stephen Bulgarian Orthodox Church belies its revolutionary cast iron construction. This three-do
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    Consecrated in the 13th century, Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi represents the only Byzantine church in Istanbul that has never served as a
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    The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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