The Churches in Istanbul | St. Anthony of Padua

Istanbul met Christianity in the 4th century, while Paganism was dominated before.

The first Christian churches are Havariyyun, Haghia Sophia and Haghia Eirene. Many churches had been built until the conquest of Istanbul.

Saint Anthony Church-1 | August 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

There the churches of different sects and religious orders such as Nestorianism, Monophyism, Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Syrian Christianity, Gregorianism, Keldani, Dominicanism, Franciscanism has been in Istanbul. Morever, different nations such as Greek, Armenian, Latin and Genoese also has had their own churces.

Saint Anthony Church-2 | August 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

Saint Anthony Church-3 | August 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
The architect of St. Anthony Church, at Istiklal Caddesi in Beyoglu is Guilio Mongeri.

Saint Anthony Church-4 | August 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

The construction of the church that lasted 6 years, was complated in 1912.

Saint Anthony Church-5 | August 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

This church is not only one of the biggest churches in Istanbul, but also has the largest Catholic community.

Saint Anthony Church-6 | August 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

St. Anthony Church, in a large court, is a good example of Italian neo-Gothic architecture in red brick.

Saint Anthony Church-7 | August 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

Saint Anthony Church-8 | August 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

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Istanbul: Capital of Cultures

Istanbul2010 European Capital of Culture is a great project bringing into play the city's full potential with the enthusiastic participation of its inhabitants from all walks of life...

Istanbul: A city where contemporary artists from all over the world choose to live, a city which unites not only Asia & Europe but the East & the West... ... ...

Çengelköy | December 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009


enchantment & knowledge,
splendour & modesty,
dogma & pragmatism,
the universal & the local.

It is this legendary city
which will have the honour of
being the European Capital of Culture in 2010.
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Calender of Events for İstanbul 2010

January 1st - March 20th The events in winter will be marked by tradition and the transformation in traditional arts. The emphasis will be on artistic events assessing the historical heritage of the past with a totally new perspective.

March 21st - June 21st The events in spring will mark the air theme with the echo of İstanbul's minarets and bell towers resounding the sky. İstanbul has hosted and continues to host a dialogue between different religions. The cultural interaction arising from this dialogue will be at the heart of the events during this period.

June 22nd - September 22nd The events in summer will emphasize water and the sea as elements which divide and reunify İstanbul, opening the city up to the outside world throughout history. The Program during this period will concentrate on cultures transported by water and inspired by water. The banks of the Golden Horn the Bosphorus will be the scene of important events.

September 23rd - December 31st The main actor during the fall will be fire, the most powerful instrument of charge in the universe, capable of transforming water into steam, sand into glass, wood into ashes. This period will involve events centered around contemporary art and the quest for new artistic terrain.

İstanbul, Focal Point of Artistic and Cultural Activity
The theory of the Four Elements, at the root of so many scientific, philosophical and theological theories from Antiquity to the Renaissance, holds that everything in the universe is made up of the various combinations of Earth, Air, Water and Fire.

It is the theory of the four elements which inspired the calender of events for İstanbul 2010. The 2010 European Capital of Culture events will span 4 different periods. Traces of th theory of the four elements, developed by Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes, three philosophers who lived in the city of Miletus in Western Anatolia, and later immortalized by Aristotle, will be found in each of these periods.
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What The Coins Tell Us: Symbols and Multicultural Aspects in Medieval Anatolian Coins

Hello! Yes! Today we are going around European side of İstanbul: Taksim and Beyoğlu. Firstly we'll go to Taksim Park. After feeling the Istanbul's autumn and drinking our teas, we'll go around İstiklal Caddesi...

When we came and stopped at the front of apartment with number 161, we'll see... what?
A museum: Yapı Kredi Vedat Nedim Tör Müzesi. And an exhibition!

What The Coins Tell Us -1 | Yapı Kredi Culture Center | December 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

What The Coins Tell Us: Symbols and Multicultural Aspects in Medieval Anatolian Coins.

30 September - 31 December 2009. Yapı Kredi Vedat Nedim Tör Müzesi...

What The Coins Tell Us -2 | Yapı Kredi Culture Center | December 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

Exhibition Curator: Şennur Şentürk. Inventory Work: Begüm Irmak, Gözde Köymen. Exhibition Design: Karamustafa Tasarım Atölyesi. Translations: Sim İris Belik. Editor: Ersel Topraktepe. Graphic Application: Hasan Fırat. Lighting and Technical Works by Sergikur, Murat Mısırlı...

What The Coins Tell Us -3 | Yapı Kredi Culture Center | December 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

This exhibition has been prepared by Yapı Kredi Culture, Art and Publishing, for Yapı Kredi Bankası A.Ş.

What The Coins Tell Us -4 | Yapı Kredi Culture Center | December 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

No! Not for the bank or the bankers! This exhibition prepared for all the people...
Yes, what do the coins tell you? ... Really!?
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Do You Know That Atatürk Has Died?

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, a Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, and founder of the Republic of Turkey as well as its first President, died on 10 November 1938, at the age of 57, in the Dolmabahçe Palace, where he spent his last days.

Little Elif says: "Atatürk has died, do you know?"

DolmaBahçe Palace | İstanbul | July 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

The entrance of Dolmabahçe Palace where Atatürk spent his last days. This palace is between Kabataş and Beşiktaş in İstanbul.
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İstanbul Üsküdar Fish Bazaar 1 | October 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

Fish is one of the indispensable symbols of Istanbul. You will not forget the taste of the fish whether you eat at street sellers at Eminönü Square or at luxurious restaurants at the Bosphorus.

İstanbul Üsküdar Fish Bazaar 2 | October 2009 | Photo by CndFlix © 2009

If you wish the most delicious fish and the freshest mussels of the world are waiting for you at Kavaklar, the end of the Bosphorus towards the Black Sea. Read more...Thank you!

Miniaturk: Miniature Park of Turkey in Istanbul

Miniaturk is a dream come true... It is a reflection of present and past times.
Miniaturk is a mark of respect for a long history that streches back a thousands of years and is a gift to the coming centruies. It is the revival of the history and culture, portrayed in all its magnificence in Istanbul, at a site on the Golden Horn.

Just a two-hour walk around the story land of Miniaturk allows the visitor to see, at close hand, the traces of civilizations that ruled the lands of Anatolia and its surrounding for 3000 long years.
Here one wanders from Ottoman Bastarde galley, builded 1657, to Mustafa Kemal's private train car by strolling through the Bosphorus Strait; from the Celcus Library of Ephesus to the Malabadi Bridge; from the Rumeli Castle to the Izmir clock tower; from the Church of St. Antoine to the Mevlana Tomb; from Pamukkale to the ancient Aspendos Amphitheater, and form the Hagia Sophia to the magnificent mansions and places of Istanbul.

Entrance of Miniaturk


The voice information system adjacent to each model allows visitors to listen to information about the monument. The system offers siz language alternaties: Turkish, English, French, German, Arabic and Russian.

Temple of Artemis

Ishak Pasha Palace


You can come to Miniaturk by availing of the means of public buses: from Taksim 54HT bus, from Eminönü 47, 47C, 47E buses...
At site of Miniaturk, one can find restaurant which serves delicious selections from Turkish cuisine.
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