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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  • We are one of the lucky ones, because as soon as we arrived, the Patriarch came from Greece and met him just outside the courtyard of St. George and gave us the blessing of two eikonitses with the Ag. Paisio. The Patriarchate is something fantastic and the surrounding area, causing grief but leave facing in old Greek houses k schools that existed the first thing after the Ag wisdom should visit each Christian is medial.
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  • Only sorrow caused by the visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. I speak of course about the destinations "Mahala" ..... Semnotis and devoutness dominate everywhere. The Lady certainly Gate remains closed.
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  • One of the genuine jewels that are still in Istanbul, but not honored as they should!! A must visit for every christian!!  more »
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  • Sedište Carigradskog patrijatha. Stara crkva u odličnom stanju. Mesto koje treba obići.
  • Historian the Holy Patriarchal Church!
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  • Christians and Jews he embraced Islam according to its purpose and interests to shape the bi organisations.
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