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The Ecumenical Patriarchate Today

   An essential guide book for all of the multitudes of visitors to Istanbul annually

   A book to appeal to all Orthodox Christians


The official guide to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, this richly illustrated work recounts the history of the foremost seat of the Orthodox Church over seventeen centuries. It takes the reader on a pictorial journey through the long-revered shrines in Istanbul that still attract over a million pilgrims and visitors each year. It describes the patriarchal residence and church of St. George at the Phanar, as well as many other splendid churches, monasteries, and holy places in and around the city. The book also explores the theology and liturgy, as well as the iconography and spirituality of the Orthodox Church.


The sites covered in this unique guide include:

The seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Phanar

The church and shrine of the "Life-giving Spring" at Balikli

The church of the Virgin Mary Vlachernitissa at Ayvansaray

Holy Trinity Church in Taksim Square

The shrine of the Virgin Vefa ("First-Day-of-the-Month Church") in Unkapani

Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kadiköy

Holy Trinity Monastery and Teological School on Heybeliada

The monastery of St. George Koudouna and the Greek orphanage on Büyükada


The Very Reverend Dr. John Chryssavgis is the Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne and serves the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.


Born in Australia in 1958, Fr John matriculated from the Scots College in Sydney in 1975 and received his degree in Theology from the University of Athens in 1980. He completed his doctoral studies in Patristics at the University of Oxford in 1983. His work and writing have focused primarily on medieval theology, as well as on the history of the Eastern Church. In recent years, Fr John has published a number of books and articles on the topics of religion and ecology and he serves as theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues.


A frequent visitor to Istanbul, Fr John currently lives in Maine, USA.

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