Friday, July 15, 2011

Virtual Tour of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Ever wanted to visit the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, today known as Istanbul? Well this can be achieved for free through the Virtual Tour of the Greek Patriarchate via an internet site. Through this site the visitor can have a tour of the Church of St. George, the surrounding buildings and the outdoor grounds.

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate has been located  in the Fanar region of the city and specifically at the Church of St. George since 1602. It was used as a monastery during the 16th century. St. George has had a turbulent history; it was destroyed in parts due to many causes and eventually was repaired. In 1941 it was destroyed during the fire in 1941. However repairs took place commencing in 1989 and was completed in 1991.
Enjoy the tour! 

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