The seat of the Ecumenical
Patriarchate of Constantinople at
Fener (Phanar; map)
has been here on
Horn since 1601, a century and a half
after Constantinople was conquered
from the Byzantines in
1453 and became Istanbul.
Church of St George at the Patriarchate...
All-Holiness Bartholomew I,
elected in 1990 to be the 270th Archbishop of Constantinople - New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch,
claims primacy over the 300 million
Orthdox Christians of churches in
North America, the United Kingdom,
Australia and most of Europe.
Today you can visit the patriarchate
and its glittering, historic patriarchal Church
of St George on most days
of the year. Admission is free.
Orthodox services are held daily. More...
Priests chant the service in the Church of St George...
A Golden Horn ferry cruise would be the choice way to reach the Patriarchate from Eminönü, but at present the Fener ferry dock is not being used. The closest dock served is at Ayvansaray, 1.6 km (1 mile, 21 minutes' walk) northwest of the Patriarchate.
If you walk from Ayvansaray, be sure to have a look at the wonderful Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars, the gun-metal grey church right on the shore of the Golden Horn. Maanufactured in Vienna, its hundreds of cast-iron parts were floated down the Danube on barges, and the church was bolted together in Constantinople.
City buses run along Abdülezel Paşa Caddesi, the Golden
Horn shore road, between Eminönü, Ayvansaray and Eyüp.
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
Fener Rum Ortodoks Patrikhanesi
Dr Sadık Ahmet Caddesi
34220 Fener (map)
Tel +90 (212) 531 9670
Fax +90 (212) 534 9037