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Old May 11th, 2011, 01:39 AM   #161
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Officially, the number of Christians in Turkey is 155'608.
Other than official numbers, there are more than 100,000 illegal Armenian immigrants living in Turkey and recently thousands of Iraqi christians immigrated too.
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Old May 11th, 2011, 09:39 AM   #162
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St. Stephen Iron Church (Bulgarian Orthodox) - Istanbul

The Bulgarian St Stephen Church (Bulgarian: Църква „Свети Стефан“; Turkish: Sveti Stefan Kilisesi), also known as the Bulgarian Iron Church, is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey, famous for being made of cast iron. The church belongs to the Bulgarian minority in the city. The Bulgarians of the Ottoman Empire used to pray at the churches of the Phanar Orthodox Patriarchy, but due to nationalistic movements, Bulgarians were allowed a national church in the 19th century, the Bulgarian Exarchate.

The richly ornamented church is a three-domed cross-shaped basilica. The altar faces the Golden Horn and a 40 m-high belfry, the six bells of which were cast in Yaroslavl, rises above the narthex. Initially, a small wooden church was erected on the shore of the Golden Horn between Balat and Fener squares (near Eyüp district), where the current church is located. A house was donated by the statesman Stefan Bogoridi and it was reorganized as a wooden church. It was inaugurated on 9 October 1849 and became an important site of the Bulgarian National Revival. The Ottoman royal decree of 28 February 1870 establishing the Bulgarian Exarchate was first read in the church.

After the original wooden structure suffered from a fire, the larger current building was constructed at its place. An iron frame was preferred to concrete reinforcement due to the weak ground conditions. The construction plans were prepared by Hovsep Aznavur, an Armenian of Istanbul origin. An international competition was conducted to produce the prefabricated parts of the church, won by an Austrian company, R. Ph. Waagner. The prefabricated parts, weighing 500 tons, were produced in Vienna in 1893-1896 and transported to Istanbul by ship through the Danube and the Black Sea.

After one and a half years' work, the church was completed in 1898 and inaugurated by Exarch Joseph on 8 September that year. The main skeleton of the church was made of steel and covered by metal boards. All the pieces were attached together with nuts, bolts, rivets or welding. In terms of architecture, the church combines Neo-Gothic and Neo-Baroque influences.

St. Stephen was the product of 19th century experimentation with prefabricated iron churches. The British, who invented corrugated iron in 1829, manufactured portable iron churches to send to far-flung colonies like Australia. The Eiffel Tower's creator, French engineer Gustave Eiffel, designed iron churches that were sent as far as the Philippines and Peru. Now St Stephen is one of the world's few surviving prefabricated cast iron churches.

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Old May 11th, 2011, 09:43 AM   #163
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Surp Kevork Church (Armenian Orthodox) - Istanbul

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Old May 11th, 2011, 09:47 AM   #164
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Aziz Paulus Church (Catholic) - Adana

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Holy Apostles Church (Armenian Orthodox) - Kars

The Holy Apostles Church (Armenian: Սուրբ Առաքելոց Եկեղեցի; also known as the Cathedral of Kars) is a 10th century Armenian church built in Kars, Turkey. It was completed in the mid-940s under the rule of the Bagratid Armenian King Abas. In 1579 the Ottoman Turks converted the church into a mosque. After Russian control of Kars, it was converted to a Russian Orthodox church. In 1918, after the fall of Kars to Turks, the cathedral was again turned into a mosque. In 1919, following the retreat of Turks and during the first republic of Armenia, the cathedral functioned as an Armenian church. In 1920, it was again converted to mosque after Turkish control of the area.

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Old May 15th, 2011, 10:47 PM   #166
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Church of Saint Peter and Paul (Roman Catholic) - Galata, Istanbul

Church of SS Peter and Paul (Turkish: Sen Piyer Kilisesi) is a Roman Catholic church in the Galata area of Istanbul, Turkey, at Galata Kulesi Sokak 44, Kuledibi, Beyoğlu. The church's main treasure is a version of the icon of the Virgin Hodegetria, which was one of the protective icons of Constantinople and was claimed to have been painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist. In 1731, the icon survived the fire which burned down the earlier church. The current building is a nineteenth century rebuilding by the Fossati brothers from 1841 to 1843.

In the early sixteenth century the Dominican brothers of Galata moved below the Galata Tower, after their original church was requisitioned as a mosque. The original Dominican church on the new site was built in 1604 by the Genoese colony. After being destroyed twice by fire, the church was rebuilt by the Swiss-Italian Fossati brothers from 1841 to 1843.

One of the three surviving Medieval Latin churches in Galata, it now serves the local Maltese community, with masses in Italian.

The church is built in the form of a basilica, with four side altars. The cupola over the choir is sky blue, studded with gold stars. The church's rear wall is built into a section of Galata's old Genoese ramparts. The outside enclosure of the church takes the form of a narrow alleyway enclosed by high walls which are covered in inscriptions. The church's courtyard design reflects the Ottoman ruling that Latin churches could not be built directly fronting onto a road or on top of a hill.


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Old May 18th, 2011, 06:10 PM   #167
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Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
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Old May 20th, 2011, 07:49 PM   #168
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Greek Orthodox:




Another view of this Greek Orthodox church in Istanbul's Beyoglu district:

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Old May 22nd, 2011, 02:18 PM   #169
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Church of Saint Peter and Paul (Roman Catholic) - Galata, Istanbul

Church of SS Peter and Paul (Turkish: Sen Piyer Kilisesi) is a Roman Catholic church in the Galata area of Istanbul, Turkey, at Galata Kulesi Sokak 44, Kuledibi, Beyoğlu. The church's main treasure is a version of the icon of the Virgin Hodegetria, which was one of the protective icons of Constantinople and was claimed to have been painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist. In 1731, the icon survived the fire which burned down the earlier church. The current building is a nineteenth century rebuilding by the Fossati brothers from 1841 to 1843.

In the early sixteenth century the Dominican brothers of Galata moved below the Galata Tower, after their original church was requisitioned as a mosque. The original Dominican church on the new site was built in 1604 by the Genoese colony. After being destroyed twice by fire, the church was rebuilt by the Swiss-Italian Fossati brothers from 1841 to 1843.

One of the three surviving Medieval Latin churches in Galata, it now serves the local Maltese community, with masses in Italian.

The church is built in the form of a basilica, with four side altars. The cupola over the choir is sky blue, studded with gold stars. The church's rear wall is built into a section of Galata's old Genoese ramparts. The outside enclosure of the church takes the form of a narrow alleyway enclosed by high walls which are covered in inscriptions. The church's courtyard design reflects the Ottoman ruling that Latin churches could not be built directly fronting onto a road or on top of a hill.


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On this picture is actually the Armenian Getronagan Church in Karaköy that I posted earlier. And it has nothing to do with the text above it.

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Surp Kirkor Lusavoric Armenian Church
This is the Church of St. Gregory, the Illuminator and the oldest Armenian Church in Istanbul. According to old writings, Surp Sarkis Church was around as early as 1360. A new church was constructed in 1431 however it had to be demolished due to the widening the road between Tophane and Karaköy. It was rebuilt by architect Bedros Zobyan in 1965 and is one of the few churches built during the Republic period. It has a specific place among the other Armenian churches with its conical dome. Inner illumination is provided by the few narrow windows suitable to Armenian Church design. The belfry next to the entrance carries the classical Armenian Church architecture.
Sakızcılar Sokak No. 3, Karaköy
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 02:23 PM   #170
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Other than official numbers, there are more than 100,000 illegal Armenian immigrants living in Turkey and recently thousands of Iraqi christians immigrated too.
I know many Georgians in Istanbul as well.

Now some pictures from Yedikule/Samatya:





Hagios Konstantinos, Greek Orthodox
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 02:25 PM   #171
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Armenian Catholic, don't know the name.
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Greek Orthodox, also nameless on Google maps.
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And again Greek Orthodox, Hagia Nikolaos.
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And one more Greek Orthodox.
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On this picture is actually the Armenian Getronagan Church in Karaköy that I posted earlier. And it has nothing to do with the text above it.


http://www.mymerhaba.com/Armenian-Ch...urkey-126.html

According to Wikipedia, it is correct.

Surp Kirkor Lusavoric Armenian Church (Armenian Orthodox) - Uskudar district, Istanbul

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Old May 22nd, 2011, 02:36 PM   #176
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And the last Greek Orthodox.
In all these 4 churches, there were guards/janitors living there, but they said they can't let anyone in, otherwise they'd get into trouble.
Instead all Orthodox go to the first one, Hagios Konstantinos.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 02:39 PM   #177
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And lastly, the big Surp Kevork (St George) Armenian church, which was full of people.

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According to Wikipedia, it is correct.
In that case, Wikipedia is wrong. Somebody already reported it, I did so now as well.
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Chapel of the Notre Dame de Sion French Scool (Catholic) - Harbiye, Istanbul

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Karga Ayattiyade Church (Greek Orthodox) - Kadikäy district, Istanbul

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