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The Ecumenical Patriarchate, Istanbul

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The spiritual heart of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, The Ecumenical Patriarchate occupies a relatively humble complex in one of Istanbul's oldest neighborhoods, packed with notable structures from both the Ottoman and Byzantine periods. The patriarchate's main feature is a church dedicated to St. George, an unassuming building with a 19th-century facade designed in the neoclassical style. Unimpressive on the outside but lavishly decorated on the inside, the church remains a major place of pilgrimage for Orthodox believers from around the world. Pay special attention to the iconostasis and look for boxes containing relics of St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory the Theologian. Put The Ecumenical Patriarchate and other Istanbul attractions into our Istanbul trip itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate is the seat of the Greek Orthodox Church which has been in Istanbul since the advent of Christianity as a state religion. The city was then named New Rome, later Consta...  more »
  • Although not as massive and amazing as the blue mosque or hagai Sophia-- we had a great time exploring this site. The relics and icons are amazing!  more »
  • It is located at the area of Fanari overlooking Vosporos. Walk in the area and see old houses belonging to Greeks when Fanari was populated by them. Very stylish cafes and restaurants have started mak...  more »
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