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Tahtaminare Mah. Mursel Pasa Cad. No:85 Fener, Fatih | Balat, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

For around seven years I had been waiting for the reopening of this extraordinary church to get a better idea of Christian life in Istanbul. So finally I could visit it now and was very much surprised about the beauty of its interior. It is...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

One of the few remaining Iron churches in the world, it was built for the Bulgarian minority and was recently restored

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 23 September 2018

This is a small, rather modern church with some very interesting history. Although it is called "iron" it seems that it was built from something more similar to reinforced concrete than plain iron. It does tell an interesting story of Bulgarians in Istanbul though. Unfortunately,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

This is not a must do while in Istanbul but if you are interested in the history of other nationalities who are linked to Istanbul then this could be a suitable activity for you. Bulgarian history was connected to Constantinople and later Istanbul for centuries....More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Everything is actually iron. Pretty unique. 10 min is enough for this trip. A great stop, but not enough for an entire afternoon.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Joshua R
Reviewed 22 February 2018

Well worth visiting to view the magnificently restored interior, which shimmers with gold and artwork. This Orthodox Bulgarian Church was designed in the 1800s by an Armenian architect, with an iron infrastructure - unique in Istanbul. The church has taken seven years to restore to...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

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 of a church built on an iron skeleton. The cross-shaped Bulgarian church...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

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 church is located in the Balat district of...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank HINA W
Reviewed 21 February 2016

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 England university town. The city's Bulgarian community,...More

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed 8 February 2015 via mobile

This historic place was under rehabilitation but during our visit we had the chance to learn about the church and its history and we had a view from the outside. I love it and i hope to visit again when rehabilitation is finished.

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Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of
Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community,
the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and
some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art
in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to
witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving
ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene
shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
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