Saint Anthony Church is a Catholic Church located in Istanbul, with the largest congregation and the largest architectural structure. The church was built and consecrated to serve the citizens of Catholic countries such as France and Italy, who were engaged in commerce, and their families. During the Ottoman Empire, it was used in state and royal services.
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The church draws attention as a structure built with red brick stones with its architectural structure. Its walls are covered with mosaics up to a certain height. Its outer walls are completely made of bricks. In addition, there are two six-storey buildings built to generate income at the entrance of the Church, and the entrance is provided through the door between these two buildings.
History of Saint Anthony Church
The church was built in year 1230 in the name of St. Francis of Assisi around Galata. During its history, the church was twice affected by fires, in 1639 and 1660. After both fires it was rebuilt in the same place. However, after another fire in 1696, which caused great damage, it was moved to its new location in Beyoğlu.
The building, which holds the title of the largest Catholic church in Istanbul, was opened for worship on February 15, 1912. Today, the church is an important landmark and tourist attraction in Istanbul. With its historical significance and impressive architecture, it attracts visitors from all over the world.The church, now known as the Church of St. Anthony of Padua, is an impressive example of Gothic architecture in Istanbul. Its imposing tower rises majestically into the sky and serves as a landmark for those exploring the city. The church’s richly decorated facade fascinates with its intricate carvings and ornate windows that flood the interior with warm light.
Inside the church, visitors can expect an impressive collection of religious artwork and paintings that tell the story of the Catholic faith. The magnificent altars and ornate pulpit testify to the devotion and faith of the faithful who have visited this church over the centuries.
The church of St. Anthony of Padua is not only a place of prayer and devotion, but also a place of meeting and cultural exchange. Concerts, exhibitions and cultural events are held here regularly, attracting visitors from all over the world. The church is a place where people of different origins and beliefs come together to enjoy the beauty of art and the spiritual atmosphere.
The surrounding alleys and squares also offer a variety of cafes and restaurants where visitors can take a break and enjoy the atmosphere of the historic district. The church of St. Anthony of Padua is a place that delights believers, art lovers and history buffs alike.
With its rich history, impressive architecture, and importance as a religious and cultural center, the Church of St. Anthony of Padua is an indispensable part of Istanbul’s cultural heritage. It reminds us how religion and art can go hand in hand and how they can bring together people from different cultures and backgrounds. A visit to this church is a journey into the past and an opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of Istanbul.
Saint Anthony Church Mass Schedule
|Day||First Mass (08:00)||Second Mass (11:30 a.m.)||Third Mass (19:00)||Fourth Mass (18:00)|
|Market||English||Italiano ve Po Polsku (Lower Church)||Turkish||Turkish|
|Tuesday||English||Turkish hymns and organ accompaniment||Turkish|
The visiting hours are from 09:00 to 19:30. On Tuesdays a priest is available from 10:00 to 11:30 and from 15:00 to 17:00. There may be changes to service times as information is updated. Therefore, you can check with the church.
Although there is no charge to enter the church, there are candles in two separate places on the right and left sides of the church entrance. Although there is no entrance fee, these candles are taken to help the church and money is thrown into the boxes next to the candles in line with the amounts that people want to donate.
Where is Saint Anthony Church? How can I get there?
Sent Antuan Church is located on Istiklal Street in Istanbul. To go to the church, the road from Galatasaray Square to the tunnel must be followed. On the left side of the road from Galatasaray Square towards the tunnel, there is the Church of Sent Antuan.
Map and Location
You can find the map and transportation alternatives for the church in the location information section.
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