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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  • Tourists who learn something better, and also not very highly frequented attractions, visit, come St. inevitably on the Saints! You would not recognize it as a beautiful building entirely of cast iron, if you didn't know it. It was plugged much money into the restoration of the lately, and yet she lives a kind of sleeping; There are really quite a few tourists here, what is completely incomprehensible, because for us the visit in the Lake District and special church was a highlight of our visit to Istanbul. Inside full of pomp, really cluttered with gold and icons, you have to see wellcan time. Truly a must see in Istanbul!
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  • The most important feature of this church is of iron and Austria also made via the Danube River is the mounting of by fulfilling today. Looking from the outside before the restoration has a rusty is the reason. But at the moment this image. Very well made and a great restoration. A guided tour and an important historical sights to be seen.
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  • Here is the great news: 120-year-old Sveti Stefan Church reopened its doors just yesterday (7 January 2018) after extensive renovation! The Church is one of its kind because it is the single example o...  more »

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