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Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Istanbul

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The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is one of the fourteen autocephalous churches (or "jurisdictions") that together compose the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is headed by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, currently Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople.Because of its historical location at the capital of the former Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire and its role as the Mother Church of most modern Orthodox churches, the Ecumenical Patriarchate holds a special place of honor within Orthodoxy and serves as the seat for the Ecumenical Patriarch, who enjoys the status of Primus inter pares (first among equals) among the world's Eastern Orthodox prelates and is widely regarded as the representative and spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians.The Ecumenical Patriarchate promotes the expansion of the Christian faith and the Orthodox doctrine, and the Ecumenical Patriarchs are involved in ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, charitable work, and the defense of Orthodox Christian traditions. Prominent issues in the Ecumenical Patriarchate's policy include the safety of the believers in the Middle East, the reconciliation of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, and the reopening of the Theological School of Halki which has been closed down by the Turkish authorities in 1971.
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  • This is a Greek Orthodox Church of a medium size. You can light a candle in the entrance and inside there is activ. 
  • I read the reviews of non-Greeks who speak for a small church without interest, suggest you do not lose your time to go, they also exaggerated the amount of 30 TL for the visit of St. Sofia, a Brazilian gives it one star only by comparing it with the Vatican, cannot and does not have the culture to know what it means to fylas Thermopylae nor do they know why it closed the main gate of the Patriarchate, there have of course heard superbright Storyline of the Eastern Roman Empire. For us, the Patriarchate and the Hagia Sophia remain a beacon and will always feel bad when we read dismissively reviews from anistoritoys.
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  • Ecumenical Patriarchate Church of St. George. The residence of the Patriarch of Constantinople. After the fall of Constantinople (1453), the center of Orthodox life in the sixteenth century, the town became a district of Fener, where at the end of the century was moved to the residence of the Patriarch. St George's Church, before it was the female monastery of course it was reconstructed several times, but kept their shrines not only during the Ottoman Empire, but formerly from cross-type raids. For example, it kept part of the column (pillar of the flagellation) from Jerusalem with the remnants of rings, to which, according to legend, was tied during the scourging of Jesus Christ. This church is a part of the Christian pilgrims. In the title of the Patriarchate of Constantinople-capital of Byzantium sounds.
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  • Original Greek Orthodox Church ! "Ecumenical Patriarch , Bartolomeu !" Holy Myron made from many aromas of flowers, send to all Greek Orthodox churches in Greece, Anerica , Australia and ....many others !
  • The Patriarchate of Constantinople was one of the five original patriarchates in Christianity. It still has the great significance to all Orthodox Christians.
  • Small and totally not important. Even not a cross on the main church of ecumenical patriarch... What a shame.
  • The Church seems one of the greek Christian's really unchanged beautiful architecture, while the new woden building adds a modern touch that is as beautiful as the old church
  • Gorgeous Church! Beautiful Relics. It is breathless!
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