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23 Apr 2018
“Piece of Bulgarian history in Istanbul”
17 Mar 2018
“Cool site”
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Tahtaminare Mah. Mursel Pasa Cad. No:85 Fener, Fatih | Balat, Istanbul, Turkey
Fener & Balat
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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

Thank letsdrinkwine
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

Thank Martina P
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.

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

1  Thank Patricia G
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

Thank LoveIStanbul365
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

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

1  Thank owen m
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.

Thank Rabih M
Reviewed 3 April 2013

The construction of the building is unusual. İt is portable can be moved on rails. stone workis are great but comparing to some older buildings such as Dolmabahce Palace etc is not that important.

2  Thank ephesusguide
Reviewed 10 March 2013 via mobile

Too bad, looked cool from the outside. Not sure when it will reopen guard spoke no English. We tried to visit on a Sunday, maybe you'd have better luck another day.

Thank kduvivier
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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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