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St. Anthony of Padua Church

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St. Anthony of Padua Church in Beyoğlu, Istanbul, stands as a magnificent testament to both faith and architectural splendor. This Roman Catholic church, often simply referred to as “St. Antoine,” is an iconic landmark in the heart of this historic district, where the East beautifully blends with the West.

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (Sent Antuan Kilisesi), which has the most crowded community in Istanbul, is open to visitors in Istiklal Street after Galatasaray Square. It was built in years between 1906 and 1912 on Concordia Theater which was damaged in a fire. The architects of the structure are Istanbul born Italian Guilio Mongeri and Eduardo De Nari. They built the church in Italian Neo-Gothic architectural style.

The church’s history dates back to the 18th century when the Capuchin monks established a small chapel on this site. Over the years, it underwent several transformations and renovations, with its present neo-Gothic style dating back to the late 19th century. The ornate façade, adorned with intricate carvings and statues, immediately captures the attention of visitors.

Once you step inside, you are greeted by the grandeur of the nave, illuminated by colorful stained glass windows that cast a mesmerizing play of light and shadows. The church’s interior is a reflection of the rich Catholic heritage in Istanbul, adorned with beautiful frescoes, marble columns, and an impressive organ that often fills the air with majestic music during religious ceremonies.

Mosaic panels on three entrance doors portray St. Antonio with Mary, Child Jesus and St. Francesco. The Latin cross planned church is in size of approximately 20 to 50 meters. Three nave structures are covered with diagonal vaults. Statue of Jesus on the cross was made by Italian sculptor Luigi Bresciani. There are two mosaic panels inside apses depicting baptism and dining scenes.

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Tomtom, İstiklal Cd. No:171, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

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