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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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  • Ecumenical Patriarchate is located in district Balat sitting on the top of one of seven hills of Istanbul.It is primary residence for Ecumenical patriarch.Very humble and spiritual place.For ortodox c...  more »
  • This is a Greek Orthodox Church of a medium size. You can light a candle in the entrance and inside there is activ.  more »
  • I visited Istanbul in the fall and was only able to see the outside of the Patriarchal Church of St. George. There was little written about it in the guide books. But it was such a spectacular buildin...  more »
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  • A place of deep significance for Orthodox Christians, and well worth a visit for those interested in architecture and the history of this amazing city.
  • While not exactly imposing from the outside, the inside is supremely beautiful and imparts a feeling of serenity and reverence even in a life-long atheist like myself. I would highly recommend visiting in time to attend vespers, preferably on Saturday, as the service is beautiful and provides an oasis of peace and rest in this otherwise bustling, hectic city. By the way, the person who earlier suggested that the Ecumenical Patriarchy is today of no importance obviously has no idea what he is talking about....
  • Really touching and beautifull church. I enjoyed praying monks and their sounds. Old and Sacred Place. I recommend you to visit.
  • Iconic place, the equivalent of the Holy See for Orthodox Christians. Apart from its importance, the church of St George is a typical example of basilica style, not big and impressive at the outside (as the law for christian churches in Turkey implies) but beautiful and ornamented in the inside. Most recommended._
  • Extraordinary, beautiful church. Main place for Orthodox celebrations in Istanbul