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 December 2, 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 December 14, 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 March 16, 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 April 8, 2024
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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 April 8, 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 March 16, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
Bicester, UK5,865 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
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.
Written December 15, 2023
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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 December 2, 2023
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ991 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
An impressive Catholic church inside and out on Istiklal street, St-Anthony of Padua is well worth stopping by to admire.
Written November 6, 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I was surprised to see that the entire pews are all cordoned off. There is no place to kneel down or sit when saying our prayers. The altar is beautiful as well as the stained glass wimdows.

There are men working on the scafoldings and there is a strong smell of either varnish or paint here. I quickly said my prayers here and left.
Written June 2, 2023
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Hassan ALHassani
Sri Kembangan, Malaysia56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
A hidden gem that you should not miss out when visiting Istanbul. This remarkable church is located at istiklal street near Taksim square. Once you enter the church premises you will be surprised by the astonishing amount of peacefulness and holiness aura and the amazing exterior and interior design of this church.
Written May 15, 2023
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Michael U
Las Vegas, NV46,423 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The Church of St. Anthony of Padua is the largest Catholic church in Istanbul and can be found just off bustling İstiklal Avenue. Small in size and relatively new given the city's complex religious history visitors should not expect the grandeur of other European churches, but the space is well maintained and appropriately adorned for its purposes.
Written April 1, 2023
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Nerf W
Lebanon5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Amazing church in the middle of istiklal Street, resembles to Sagrada Familia in Barcelona but smaller. Gothic style, really unbelievable architecture...
A must see.
Written December 30, 2022
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Alf T
Houston, TX97 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
very nice Roman Catholic church,

however, shameful Christmas service focused on the hyype int he town - the security was rude, grabbing praying christians by the arms and manhandling them, screaming at them in /turkish.
While understandable that many non-christians attending the service to see Mary and Joseph walk with Jesus intot he church, the Roman Catholic church needs to refocus on what is important here - Jesus,our Lord and Savior and people adoring Him. Not pure commercial stuff. Shameful how Christians were treated during the service - and non christians as well. Hope the priest of this parish rethinks his approach and offers something for christinas in years to come.
Written December 28, 2022
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