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Saint Stephen Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Istanbul

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.6/5 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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  • 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...  read more »
  • Been here in summer in 13 year and this summer-and still not restoration-the Turkish Government wants to spend money on repairing Orthodox churches! The church made entirely of iron! Because forests only sees the beautiful belfry!
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  • A must see place if you're a Bulgarian for its historical importance 🇧🇬 Otherwise also impressive for being built entirely from iron, brought in pieces down the Danube river from Vienna. Calm and quiet, you can rest in its gardens before taking the bus downtown.
  • Very impressive church. I never saw before such a construction, used for church. By chance in Austria, i saw a bridge , made by the same is in a small town called Wels
  • church made ​​entirely of iron, spilling from the Danube in Vienna to Istanbul by sea.
  • December 23rd we decided to take a ferry from central Istanbul up the Golden Horn to Balat, the area that housed the majority of the city’s Jewish population. As we left the ferry at the municipality of Fatih, we immediately found ourselves by the church dedicated to St. Stephen. It is one of two church buildings serving the Bulgarian minority in the city.
  • Still on the restoration. It is a pity. The world's only Orthodox Church.
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