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Saint Stephen Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Istanbul

(3.2/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
The strikingly white, ornate facade of Saint Stephen Bulgarian Orthodox Church belies its revolutionary cast iron construction. This three-domed, cross-shaped basilica's unique engineering was far advanced back in 1871; the cast iron pieces arrived on barges, shipped along Danube to the Black Sea. Inside, the screen, balcony, and columns are also of cast iron, lit up by natural sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows. The church remains active, but you'll need a caretaker's help to explore outside of mass times. Use our Istanbul itinerary builder to visit Saint Stephen Bulgarian Orthodox Church on your trip to Istanbul, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is one the most amazing buildings I have ever seen. It is the Orthodox Bulgarian Church of Saint Stephen. Although it looks like a stone and mortar building it is made of cast iron. This unique c...  more »
  • Walking along the shore of the Golden Horn has proved to be rich for us for unexpected discoveries. One of them proved the presence of 19-century Bulgarian church with elegant Bell Tower and dome.
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  • Located in a small, attractive park along the west bank of the Golden Horn, the Church of St. Stephen of the Bulgars is a spiky Victorian Gothic church that would not look out of place in a New Englan...  more »