Church of 3 Altars, Beyoğlu

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One is Not Enough

Peek through the huge dark doors on Sahne Sokak, behind Beyoğlu‘s Çiçek Pasajı (Flower Passage), but not quite to Nevizade Sokak, and you’ll see the Armenian Church of the Three Altars (Üç Horan Ermeni Kilisesi).

Unexpected in Istanbul? Yes.

The story goes that a man with some affliction prayed for deliverance, offering to build a church with not one but three altars if God helped him.

God did, and he did, and here it stands, a gem hidden away behind huge, heavy—but usually open—doors on a narrow street the Balık Pazarı (Fish Market) off İstiklal Caddesi, near Galatasaray Square, in old Beyoğlu.

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—by Tom Brosnahan


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