The Ecumenical Patriarchate, Istanbul

4.6
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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  • Stumbled upon this while out walking and we were able to go in as it was open. Interesting relics in the church, which is quite ornate. Hard to believe the seat of the Greek Orthodox Church is still.....  more »
  • 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 »
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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

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