Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate Tours

Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate
Istanbul’s Church of St George has been the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople since 1600. Since the fall of the Ottomans, the Greek population of Istanbul has largely emigrated, so today it’s more of a symbolic center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate than anything else, but the spiritual leader of the world’s 260 million Greek Orthodox, Bartholomew I, continues to hold services here, and Orthodox Christians from Greece and across Eastern Europe stream though the church as pilgrims.

With its 19th-century neo-Classical facade which was constructed after severe fire damage, the church may look modest on the outside, but go inside and it’s a different story. Notice the Patriarch’s marble throne at the center of the altar, the huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and gold everything. Inside you’ll also find beautiful mosaic icons, and over the altar look out for the two-headed Byzantine Eagle. Just behind the church you can see the offices of the Patriarchate as well as the Patriarchate Library.

Practical Info

On Yavuz Sultan Selim Mh in the Fener district of Turkey, the Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate church is open to the public from 8:30am to 4pm, but strict security screening is in place. Donations are welcome.
Address: Yavuz Sultan Selim Mh, Istanbul, Turkey
Hours: Open to the public 8:30am to 4pm
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Afternoon Bosphorus Tour including Cruise, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

See Istanbul from three different vantage points on this 3.5-hour tour including a sightseeing cruise, panoramic tour and cable car ride. Take a scenic 1.5-hour cruise on the Bosphorus and admire top Istanbul attractions such as the Bosphorus Bridge and Rumeli Fortress from the water. Then, take a coach drive around the Golden Horn districts to see the former Jewish quarter, old city walls, iron-built St Stephens and other lesser-known treasures. Lastly, catch the cable car up Pierre Loti Hill to witness the stellar city views from its hilltop café.
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Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise

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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Explore the many renowned sites of Istanbul on this small-group, half-day tour of its historical landmarks. Enjoy comfortable transportation in a plush Mercedes minivan. Travel in style with you expert guide to the enchanting Dolmabahçe Palace, then venture to other city highlights, like the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, the Spice Bazaar, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, and the Jewish quarter known as Balat. Throughout the day your guide will educate you on the rich history of this unforgettable city. To ensure a quality experience, this group is limited to 14 people.
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Off the beaten path museums in Istanbul

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  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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Constantinople Tour of Istanbul: Discovering the Byzantine Empire

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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Traditional Boat Trip and Fener-Balat Areas Walking Tour

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Private & Guided Fener - Balat Walking Tour - Istanbul Off The Beaten Track.

This is a special tour including some of the most unique places in the city but also which are difficult to visit on your own. The tour will take you to the roots of historic Istanbul with visits to the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian monuments.
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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