Church of SS Peter & Paul

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Church of SS Peter & Paul information

Istanbul , Turkey
Galata Kulesi Sokak 44
+90 212 249 2385
Getting there
Tram: Karaköy
Opening hours
7-8am Mon-Fri, 3.30-5.30pm Sat, 10am-noon Sun
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Tucked away in one of the steep streets below Galata Tower you’ll find the small grey-and-white doorway to the courtyard of the Church of SS Peter and Paul. A Dominican church originally stood on this site, but the building you see today dates from the mid-19th century. It’s the work of the Fossati brothers who also designed the Dutch and Russian consulate buildings (both in Beyoğlu). Like many other Latin churches in the city, its courtyard design reflects the Ottoman ruling that Latin churches could not be built directly fronting onto a road or on top of a hill (the Church of St Mary Draperis on İstiklal Caddesi is another example of this). The church backs onto a section of the Genoese fortifications.