The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (Greek: Οἰκουμενικὸν Πατριαρχεῖον Κωνσταντινουπόλεως, romanized: Oikoumenikón Patriarkhíon Konstantinoupóleos, IPA: [ikumeniˈkon patriarˈçion konstandinuˈpoleos]; Latin: Patriarchatus Oecumenicus Constantinopolitanus; Turkish: Rum Ortodoks Patrikhanesi, İstanbul Ekümenik Patrikhanesi, "Roman Orthodox Patriarchate, Ecumenical Patriarchate") is one of the fourteen to sixteen autocephalous churches (or "jurisdictions") that together compose the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is headed by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, currently Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople.
Because of its historical location as the capital of the former Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire and its role as the mother church of most modern Orthodox churches, Constantinople holds a special place of honor within Orthodoxy and serves as the seat for the Ecumenical Patriarch, who enjoys the status of primus inter pares (first among equals) among the world's Eastern Orthodox prelates and is regarded as the representative and spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians.
Vernon Wentzel | Jan 11, 2018
....Its always an escapade of its own for us when we can visit places that has been preserved for hundreds of years and is still in mint condition now! As this Greek Patriarchate is real-lii a sight especial-lii inside as everything thing seems to be made of Gold! The inside is an absolute must see when in this part of Istanbul!............
Seetheworldwith Daph | Feb 4, 2018
It was the main place for all orthodox in greece, cyprus,romania and russia etc.after the conquest, the patriarchate moved from the buildings in Hagia Sophia and then moved this place in front of the golden horn. You need to ask permision to visit.
Jash Rijvers | Oct 10, 2017
As this is very much an active religious site the only part open to the public is the church. While the architecture is simple the interior is magnificent. Make sure to grab the brochure in the entry to get an explanation of some of the churches more interesting items.
Emmanuel Toufexis | Oct 10, 2017
A blessed visit to the placethat stands for love, unity and understanting among Christian homologies.
Walks in Istanbul | Aug 21, 2017
Visit Constantinople in Istanbul! It's a very important church and a great spot to understand the Greek history and Orthodox religion.
Ebru Can | May 17, 2018
It was aaaweesommeee just to see the inside architecture .. even if you are not sn orthodox you shouuld see this awesome building.. the security near to this place told me that the hagia sophia was once upon a time the "mekka" of the orthdox people. But after Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquer constantinople and made it to Istanbul he spoke to the orthodox people that they can live in Istanbul in peace on condition to live in peace with the new nation who will there. The muslims. So Fatih s. MEHMET said also that they will be able to live their religion in a clear way. In the same way befire he conquerored istanbul. Therefore he build up a new "mekka" for them. After a few time the orthosox people decided that their building should stand somewhere else. They talk to The Sultan he helped them to build up the new church to a new city. After a few time to the time of one of the last and best Sultans in ottoman empire if the time of "abdülhamit" orthodox people ask for another maybe in their opinion in a better place. They wanted to have their new building in balat, where this church stands now. Abdulhamit wanted that everyone in his country feel comfortable so he said that everything they also wanted to should be the best. Even if it is not real gold it shine so bright that its a real beauty. Inside and outside.But near to this chruch is the main centre from orthodox people. Orthodox people pilgrim to this places twice a year. One is on Eastern and the other one is in christmas. The turkish state also tolerate and respect orthidox people and to the time of the minister turgut özal not this church but the main building where orthodox people do pilgrim became refreshed. Everything religion and every nation will be welcome in turkey but if they want to break the peace and wanna bring war in this country its nothing false when turkish people dont wanna hear see or will welcome you in their country. Its purely comprehensible.
Ahmet HADJSAID | Apr 19, 2018
It is a beautiful place , relaxing and great to have a visit
Bassam Najjar | Jul 14, 2018
Good nice wooow
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