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St. Stephan Bulgarian Church

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Address: Tahtaminare Mah. Mursel Pasa Cad. No:85 Fener, Fatih | Balat, Istanbul, Turkey
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Very beautiful building with interesting history . Although the maintenance could be better it deserve the spent time

Reviewed 26 November 2012
Sofia, Bulgaria
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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 the Golden Horn. It has an interesting story. Until the early 1800s the Bulgarian Subjects... More 

Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 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, which had broken away from the Greek Orthodox church in 1871, ordered the church to... More 

1 Thank owen m
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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
Izmir, Turkey
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92 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank ephesusguide
Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2013

Has a very interesting story and is built of steel only. You have to see it to believe how they overcame the time limitation given by constructing the church from steel.

1 Thank buciIstanbul
Province of Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 441 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2013 via mobile

It is located right on the waterfront near the Patriarchate . It is one if the most intriguing architectural curiosities..the gothic revival cast-iron Church of Saint Stephen of the Bulgars. This was constructed in Vienna, and then shipped down the Danube and assembled here in istanbul.Unfortunatelly because of the road, church has many problems and need restoration.It is a must... More 

5 Thank travelingwithdaph
Sofia, Bulgaria
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2012

Very beautiful building with interesting history . Although the maintenance could be better it deserve the spent time

1 Thank MarinelaP
Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2012

it is an bulgarian orthodox church and it is made in cast iron near Fener patriarchate in the shores of goldenhorn in balat district

1 Thank Banu B
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2012

The story of it is interesting and also the grey building itself looks impressive. You can see it even from long distance and location is so good. Nice to walk around the church and then by Golden Horn.

2 Thank iskandil

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