Customized tours Istanbul – Church Sveti Stefan
Christianity in Turkey has a long history. Anatolia had always been given the label of cradle of Christianity. It is the birthplace of many Christian Apostles and Saints and the birthplace of many interesting stories to be told on customized tours Istanbul.
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church Sveti Stefan or the Bulgarian Iron Church (as it is also known), erected on the shore of the Golden Horn between Balat and Fener squares (near Eyup district), was completed in 1898 after one and a half year of work. It was introduced to the public on 8 September, the same year by Exarch Joseph.
With the conquest of the Balkans all the Bulgarian lands went under the authority of the Ottomans. Before that Bulgaria had always been in constant relations with Eastern Thrace. But after its lands became part of the Ottoman Empire a bigger Bulgarian colony was formed in the capital of the Empire, Istanbul (or as it was famous among Bulgarians – Tsarigrad). The colony consisted of mostly craftsmen and merchants. Istanbul was also the centre of journalism and enlightenment for the Bulgarians.