St Anthony of Padua
St Anthony of Padua
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Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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  • TravelerCentralFLA
    Clermont, Florida1,717 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Catholic Church
    I stopped by St Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church on my recent visit to Istanbul. I actually stumbled upon it while I was walking down Istiklal Street. It has beautiful architecture and is worth a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 December 2023
  • Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
    Bicester, United Kingdom5,865 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene
    St. Anthony of Padua Church, located in the heart of Istanbul's bustling Istiklal Avenue, is a serene church featuring neo-gothic architecture. Known locally as Sent Antuan Kilisesi, this is the largest Roman Catholic church in Istanbul. Inside, the church exudes a peaceful and solemn atmosphere, with its elegant stained-glass windows and ornate altar creating a sense of reverence. As it's Christmas, the church was also decorated with Christmas deco. It's a symbolic melting pot of diverse congregants, reflecting Istanbul's multicultural fabric. The church not only serves as a place of worship but also as a symbol of coexistence and tolerance in a historically diverse city.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 December 2023
  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada4,602 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquility
    One of the ways to get to the Church of St. Anthony of Padua is to take Tram 5 to the Tophane tram stop, cross the main drag, then climb up Throat-Slitter Street (a.k.a. Bogazkesen Cd.) right across from the tram stop. This Everest-like route ends at Istiklal Street. Istanbul is built on seven hills. I think the term ‘hills’ might just be a slight under-statement. The tram stop is at sea level, and the church is at the top of a ‘hill’ and almost immediately to the left on Istiklal Street. For me, the easiest way to find any religious building in Istanbul is to simply look for a group of cops! And sure enough, that’s where the church was. The Church of St. Anthony of Padua is the largest Catholic Church in Istanbul. The current church was built in 1725, but eventually demolished, with the new church built on the same site between 1906 and 1912. The church has a stunning interior. It’s amazing how quiet and serene this church is, given its location on one of the busiest streets in Istanbul!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 March 2024
  • stmichel25
    Bengaluru, India88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Went for Easter Mass. It was at 10am in English. Every Sunday Mass is at 10am. Lovely church and choir and it was full for Easter service. Beautiful church. So glad we got to attend Mass there and in English
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 April 2024
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada4,602 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
One of the ways to get to the Church of St. Anthony of Padua is to take Tram 5 to the Tophane tram stop, cross the main drag, then climb up Throat-Slitter Street (a.k.a. Bogazkesen Cd.) right across from the tram stop. This Everest-like route ends at Istiklal Street.

Istanbul is built on seven hills. I think the term ‘hills’ might just be a slight under-statement. The tram stop is at sea level, and the church is at the top of a ‘hill’ and almost immediately to the left on Istiklal Street.

For me, the easiest way to find any religious building in Istanbul is to simply look for a group of cops! And sure enough, that’s where the church was.

The Church of St. Anthony of Padua is the largest Catholic Church in Istanbul. The current church was built in 1725, but eventually demolished, with the new church built on the same site between 1906 and 1912. The church has a stunning interior.

It’s amazing how quiet and serene this church is, given its location on one of the busiest streets in Istanbul!
Written 16 March 2024
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Helene S
Houston, TX1,949 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Beautiful Neo-Gothic Roman Catholic Church tucked away off busy İstiklal Avenue. Run by Italian priests, masses are conducted in Italian, Polish, Turkish and English.

Pope John XXIII conducted mass at this church for a decade when he was the Vatican's ambassador to Turkey. He is affectionately known as the "Turkish Pope" in Turkey due to his fluency in Turkish and his love for Istanbul and the Turkish people.
Written 1 January 2020
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,817 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Don’t miss it! St Anthony of Padua is a modest-sized but stunning church located to the left of Istiklal Street (the direction walking toward Galata Tower), but if I can picture the atmosphere correctly, it’s hidden behind a dubious alley, and its presence isn’t clear from the street itself. Once found, though, the photo opportunities are plentiful. I enjoyed the informative signs around the exterior of the church that explained its history, and for those seeking entry, that was possible too. I didn’t enter myself, but next time, it’s on my list!

No need to spend an outrageous amount of time here, but please check it out briefly. Appreciate it as a gem in the city that not many go to as first-time visitors to Turkey. It’s free and beautiful, so what’s to lose!
Written 31 August 2021
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Meowy
Montgomery, AL524 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I was walking through Taksim when I saw this church out of the corner of my eye. It is set back from the main street and hidden amongst all the shops in the area. Seemed a bit out of place but that added to its charm. The church is in its own little courtyard away from the crowds of Taksim to the point you hardly know where you are once you get off the street. The church itself is beautiful and artistic and peaceful. Worth the visit for some peace among the shopping crowds.
Written 5 October 2022
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Abovetheclouds
2,075 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
In the middle of the busy and chaotic Istiklal Street! Peace and calm. Beautiful. Loved it. Structure and architecture. I wish I had timed it for mass (check the times if you can). Definitely recommend.
Written 5 November 2021
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stmichel25
Bengaluru, India88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Went for Easter Mass. It was at 10am in English. Every Sunday Mass is at 10am. Lovely church and choir and it was full for Easter service. Beautiful church. So glad we got to attend Mass there and in English
Written 8 April 2024
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,717 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I stopped by St Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church on my recent visit to Istanbul. I actually stumbled upon it while I was walking down Istiklal Street. It has beautiful architecture and is worth a visit.
Written 2 December 2023
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oneistanbul
Istanbul, Türkiye119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Right on the busiest street in the city lies the elegant Church of St. Anthony of Padua. It is the biggest Catholic temple in Istanbul. It is notable with its peaceful ambiance and beautiful architecture.
Written 27 February 2020
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chiliyo
Rio de Janeiro, RJ87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I went to Sunday mass at St Anthony de Padua a few weeks ago. The English mass is at 10am. It was very solemn with a nice filipino choir. The church was full during the service. It was somewhat interesting to be in a Catholic church among so many mosques. Istiklal Avenue is very nice to stroll but not all stores are open on Sundays. Ride the streetcar along Istiklal but you need different tokens than the ones used for light rail cars.
Written 9 November 2007
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archil a
Tbilisi, Georgia687 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
The Church of St. Anthony is one of the largest Catholic churches in Istanbul. Find it easily. If you are walking from Taksim Square along Istiklal Street, you will certainly notice this church on the left. It is impossible to make a mistake, it is built of red brick in the Neo-Gothic style. The architect of this beauty was Giulio Mongeri. The Church of St. Anthony is considered the main church of the Catholics of Istanbul. Masses are held in many languages, including English, Italian and, of course, Turkish.
Written 6 April 2017
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