Saint Stephen Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Istanbul

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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. For Saint Stephen Bulgarian Orthodox Church and beyond, use our Istanbul online visit planner to get the most from your Istanbul vacation.
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  • Everything is actually iron. Pretty unique. 10 min is enough for this trip. A great stop, but not enough for an entire afternoon.  more »
  • Both domestically and abroad, I went to the Church, including the Vatican. But affecting me so much, I've never seen a church so dazzling. At the moment, most frequently the name Balat. Babs to go here when I went to waste. Even after the halfway point, to Start to see this place in the neighborhood.
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  • We were at the Patriarchate so we said to the visit because of the recent renovation. Crazy, not an impressive temple a little chilly.
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