St. Anthony of Padua, the largest Catholic Church in Istanbul

Posted by on October 22, 2012

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Think of Istanbul and you are reminded of the Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofya, the Basilica Cistern, the Blue Mosque, the Bosphorus and many other things. It is difficult to think of a church. It is not difficult to reach the Turkish capital since there are many flight around Europe that can take you there and since Turkey is not in the EU then you can find very cheap Istanbul Hotels by booking online with Hostelbookers.com. But if you want to see Istanbul’s, city, culture, people and faiths, layered over time, it is worth visiting the Church of St. Anthony of Padua, the largest Catholic Church in Istanbul, the Church of the Good Pope, who frequented this temple for 10 years (here they remember him as the Turkish Pope).

St. Anthony of Padua Church - Istanbul - Turkey

St. Anthony of Padua Church – Istanbul – Turkey

Then it is likely that you will get it without even realizing it, because the church is situated along the Istiklal Caddesi, Independence Avenue, one of the most important streets in Istanbul, certainly the most important of Galata, which is lined with shops, libraries, art galleries, cinemas, theaters, bars, pubs and night clubs.

Church of St Anthony of Padua, Istanbul, Turkey

Church of St Anthony of Padua, Istanbul, Turkey

The church dates back to 1912, not so very old since it was built in the neo-Gothic Venetian era and it was used in the large Italian community of that period (40,000 people), who were descendant of the Venetian and Genoese merchants and traders, who for centuries lived in Istanbul. It was built in red brick and it is accessed through a beautiful courtyard, dominated by a statue of Pope John XXIII.

It is open from 8 am to 8 pm (Sunday evening, at 19, the function is performed in Italian), the best time to visit it is on the occasion of Christian festivals (I think of Christmas).

Photo 1 : sabientje48, Photo 2: skambalu

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