Friday, April 8, 2016

The Church of the Life-Giving Spring, Baloukli – Constantinople

The Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of the Life Giving Spring in Baloukli, Constantinople, is one of the most famous Christian attractions in the City. The spring located here attracts great numbers of pilgrims. Located in this monastic complex is a large church, which is not ancient, but rather recently built. In 1833 AD the Ottoman Sultan gave permission to patriarch Constantius I (1830-1834) to build a church in that location. It was eventually consecrated in 1835, having as its feast day the Zoodochos Pege celebration, on Friday of the Easter Week. However, this church was heavily damaged during the Istanbul riots against the Greeks of the city in 1955. Nevertheless, the church has since been restored.

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