Middle Ages in Istanbul

Crimean Church – Beyoglu

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This week we have visited this quite gothic looking Anglican church. While the outside of the church is more impressive then the inside, it is still worth a visit if you can spare the time. The Crimean Church’s congregation is quite un-Crimean: African immigrants from different countries take care of the church’s grounds, take part in mass, and some of them even reside at the church.

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The Crimean Church was built to commemorate the British soldiers lost in the Crimean War; which the Ottoman Empire were allies with alongside France. George Edmund Street was assigned as the Monarch’s architect (although there were a prior architect that took on the project before him), and the church was built between 1858 and 1868.

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Sultan Abdulmecit donated the property that the church was built on; with no congregation left, the church was shut down in 1978 but was reopened in 1991. The Crimean Church is also known as Jesus’ Church.

Even though sometimes it’s hard to find someone that will let you in, you should not miss out on this building, which looks like it belongs to a medieval fairy tale. You can find more information on the Crimean Church here.

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To get there, simply take the Istiklal Street exit from Tunel metro station, walk down the hill passing Tarik Zafer Tunaya Culture Centre, turn left and take the right at the end of the street. We promise you will be mesmerized.

Take care of yourselves,

Tracer of Istanbul

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