Churches, Religion & Spirituality

The Blue Mosque
Built in the 17th century to rival the Aya Sofya, this mosque has six minarets and its courtyard is the biggest of all the Ottoman mosques. Open daily, but closed during prayer times. Sultanahmet Cami, 34122 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul.
Christ Church (Maria Kilisesi)
An English Chaplaincy open to people of all nationalities, whose activities include traditional Christian worship, education and hospitality for homeless refugees and visitors. Serdar Ekrem Sokak 52, Galata, Istanbul.
St. Anthony of Padua Church
Roman Catholic Church. Mass hours; Saturday 19.00 (18.00: nov->mar), Sunday 10.00 (English) 11.00 (Polish) 11.30 (Italian) 19.00, Mon.-Fri. 8.00 (English) 19.00 (Turkish) Sat. 8.00 (English). At Beyoglu nearest metro station: Taksim.
Chora Church
Also known as the Church of the Holy Saviour, built in 527-65 by Constantine the Great. Open daily except Wednesdays 9:00-19:00 in summer and 9:00-17:00 in winter, at Kariye Camii Sok., Kariye Meydani, Edirnekapi.
Cathedral of St Esprit
French cathedral holding Catholic masses on Monday to Saturday 18:00 and in English Sundays 10:00, at Cumhuriyet Caddesi 205, Harbiye.
Suleymaniye Mosque
This mosque dominates the Golden Horn and provides a landmark for the city. Commissioned by the most powerful of Ottoman sultans, it is Istanbuls grandest mosque. Open daily at Prof Siddik Sami Onar Caddesi 1, 34083 Istanbul.
Neve Shalom Synagogue
Built in the 1930s, the name means Oasis or Valley of Peace, but recent anti-Jewish attacks mean visitors must fax a request in advance. Buyuk Hendek Cad. No:39, Sishane, Istanbul.
New Mosque
Commissioned in 1597 by the mother of Sultan Mehmet III and completed in 1663, its plan is much like the Blue Mosque with a large forecourt and square sanctuary. Yenicami Meydani Sokak, Eminonu, Istanbul.
Istanbul Lutheran Church
Founded in 2004, with weekly Sunday services at 11:00. Meetings in Turkish but translations into English may be arranged. Istiklal Caddesi, Perukar Cikmazi Beyoglu, Istanbul.
Dharmachari Vajracaksu
Istanbuls first Breathworks Mindfulness Trainer and member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, offering workshops, classes and courses in meditation and Buddhism.
Little Aya Sofya
Built between 527-536 just before Aya Sofya, the building has recently been restored and its dome is architecturally noteworthy. It is considered by many as Istanbuls most beautiful mosque. Open daily at Kucuk Aya Sofya Caddesi, Sultanahmet.