Hg2 : The Hedonist

St Stephen’s Cathedral

The cathedral of St. Stephen of the Bulgars on the shore of the Golden Horn is notable on two counts. It is one of the few examples of neo-Gothic architecture, but more impressive is the fact that it’s a pre-fab, constructed entirely out of cast-iron sections, cast in Vienna and floated to Istanbul down the Danube on a hundred barges. It was built – or, rather, bolted together – in 1871 for the Bulgarian community who were allowed by the Ottomans to split from the Greek Orthodox faith and found their own Bulgarian Church. Despite being neo-Gothic and made of iron it’s a pretty church still used by the dwindling local Bulgarian community and busloads of pasty pilgrims from across the Bulgarian frontier. 

MŸrsel Pasa Caddesi 85-7,
+90 212 521 1121
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