Istanbul Churches

Istanbul has been a very important city throughout world history. While the history of the city, which was the capital of great empires due to the importance of its geographical location, was based on 2500 years ago until recently, the ruins reached in the Yenikapı excavations show that Istanbul has an 8,000-year history. The city, which has been home to various cultures and civilizations throughout this long history, hosts various belief groups and religious structures living side by side in peace, although it has a predominantly Muslim population today. Here are the historical churches, which are among the cultural treasures that make Istanbul a special city…

Historical Byzantine Churches

There are many structures in Istanbul that were churches during the Byzantine Period, and these structures, some of which were converted into mosques after the city was conquered, continue to exist in various forms today. Most of the Byzantine church structures in the Historical Peninsula, which are still in use, are located on the slopes of the Golden Horn, on a line stretching from Edirnekapı to Laleli. Apart from these, there are singular examples on Vatan and Millet Avenues, Kocamustafapaşa and Sarayburnu.

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