Sveti Stefan Church

It is one of the most magnificent churches in Istanbul with its location overlooking the Golden Horn. The church, whose cast-iron walls were prepared in Vienna and whose construction was completed within a month, is one of the first prefabricated buildings in the city. The wooden house on land belonging to Prince Stefan Bogoridi was converted into Sveti Stefan Bulgarian Church in 1898. The church was consecrated with a Slavic ceremony on October 9, 1849. After the wooden church burned down, Sveti Stefan was built of iron to prevent the structure from being damaged again, and thus, one of the most elegant architectural structures of Istanbul was opened in 1898 and brought to the Golden Horn. This magnificent church, in which 500 tons of iron and 4 million silver plates brought by ships from Vienna were used in its construction, bears the signature of the famous architect of the period, Hovsep Aznavour. Sveti Stefan, which was blessed and opened for worship by Exarch (Arch Priest) Yosif on September 8, 1898, is described as "a pearl in the crown of Istanbul" by Bulgarians and is also known as the Bulgarian Church. The church, whose restoration was completed this year, continues to fascinate its visitors with its astonishing exterior decorations. After the restoration was completed, the church was reopened for worship.

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