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. Use our Istanbul trip planning site to add The Ecumenical Patriarchate and other attractions to your Istanbul vacation plans.
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  • This is a fascinating church with a great Orthodox iconostasis. It has a lovely atmosphere and gives a glimpse of what St Sophia's church must have been like for 1000 years. We stayed for vespers in.....  more »
  • After the capsure of Constantinoupolis from Turks, is the remain place that the few survive Orthodoxs. Saint Peter's Gate at the Patriarchate. In 1821, Patriarch Gregory V remained hanged in full...  more »
  • A must place to visit and spend some time learning the history of the area.Do not miss visiting the Phanar Greek Orthodox College (Great School of the Nation)  more »
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  • Very spiritual place with a lot of holy relics. There were very few tourists when we visited.
  • What a nice place to be. I loved it
  • Historical and religious place, one of the last remaining Christian temples of the city.
  • Ameizing place
  • One of the few remaining historical centers of Christianity in the middle east.

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