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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.