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The Bulgarian or Stephan Church Istanbul

The Bulgarian or Stephan Church Istanbul
The Bulgarian church was built near the Golden Horn between the streets of Ayvansaray and Mursel Pasa. During the Ottoman Empire Bulgarian minorities built the Church so as to practice their own orthodox faith and be independent from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. After obtaining building permission they first erected the Priest House “Metoh” and according to the inscription on the house it was completed in 1850. Soon after, a small wooden church was temporarily erected and then demolished, with the current larger church built in its place using an iron frame. The building plans were prepared by Hovsep Aznavur, an Armenian born in Istanbul and an international competition was conducted to find a manufacturer for the prefabricated parts of the Church. This was won by an Austrian firm, R. Ph.

Wagner, and the parts were produced in Vienna and transported to Istanbul by ship up the Danube River and on the Black Sea; it took 1.5 years to complete and the Church inauguration took place in 1898. The main skeleton of the Stephan Church resembles a cross and is made of steel covered by metal boards. The architectural style is from the Neo-Gothic and Neo-Baroque eras; the side nave widths are 3m and the middle nave 6m. There are 6 bells of different sizes in the bell tower which have written statements on them that they were cast for the Sveti Stefan Church in Russia.

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