Christ Church

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Christ Church information

Istanbul , Turkey
Street Serdar-i Ekrem Sokak 52
Extras Galata
+90 555 810 1010
Getting there
tram Karaköy, then funicular to Tünel
Opening hours
services 10am Sunday
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The cornerstone of this Gothic-style Anglican church was laid in 1858 by Lord Stratford de Redcliffe, known as 'The Great Elchi' (elçi, meaning ambassador) because of his paramount influence in mid-19th-century Ottoman affairs. The largest of the city's Protestant churches, it was dedicated in 1868 as the Crimean Memorial Church and restored and renamed in the mid-1990s.

Inside, there is a painted rood screen by Scottish artist Mungo McCosh that depicts notable İstanbul residents (mainly expats). The church's chaplain and congregation are actively involved in refugee welfare within the city.

To visit, attend the Sunday service or SMS the chaplain to organise a convenient time.