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Greek Churches in Kumkapi

Greek Churches in Kumkapi
There are two remaining Greek Orthodox churches in Kumkapi although the Greek population has long since disappeared. These huge churches were both rebuilt in the 19th century evidencing the wealth and confidence of the community that once lived there.

Church of Panagia Elpida

The first is Church of Panagia Elpida, which possibly dates from the 15th century, and this gleaming white building stands above a sacred spring that has been dedicated to St. George. It was rebuilt in 1895 in a mix of neo-classic and rococo styles and has been undergoing meticulous renovations.

Church of Hagia Kyriake

The second church, the Church of Hagia Kyriake is believed to date back to the 16th century and was rebuilt by architect Pericles Fotiades in a neo-Byzantine style from 1895 to 1901. It has one of the largest domes in the city and also stands over a sacred spring; this one is dedicated to St. Basil.

Top Tips for Visiting Kumkapi

In the summer we recommend you visit the main square of Kumkapi; there are many choices of restaurants whose tables spread out into the square filling the area around the fountain. Unfortunately this area has long been known for ripping people off, so order with care, double check everything especially the bill, and watch your belongings. Do not hang handbags over the back of the chair and if musicians come to your table they will expect to be paid.

Getting to Kumkapi

You can use its suburban station or walk from Sultanahmet and Cankurtaran through Kadirga . Take the tram to Beyazit and walk south to the sea or from Taksim use Bus Nos. 69A or 81.

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