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Saint Stephen Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Istanbul

(3.7/5 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 »
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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 producer...it 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.
  • Steel skeleton of the building from the carrier and over covered with hair and casting in slab for "Iron Church". For a long period the dome Tower and Tower restoration work is repaired. If possible, I would recommend that you see the inside of the Church. Neo Baroque and Gothic style is probably rare in İstanbul (maybe all) has the distinction of being the doing. Ornament in some window and you can also find similarities with the Dolmabahçe Palace. What separates a great icon worship space apse, perhaps the only thing that is not metal. Metal sheets and cast in Russia of plate poured household brought rumored.
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