Traces of Diversity in Turkey: Churches in Turkey

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Turkey is known as a country that has been influenced by various civilizations throughout its history. Therefore, our country hosts many historical buildings that carry traces of different cultures and religions. In this article, we will explore the churches in Turkey, especially some important ones in different regions.

Istanbul: The Capital of Churches

Istanbul Rum Ortodoks Patrikhanesi
Istanbul Rum Ortodoks Patrikhanesi

The majority of the churches in Turkey can be found in Istanbul. Istanbul is the province with the most churches in Turkey, with 158 churches. Among the churches in Istanbul, there are Rum Orthodox churches, Latin Catholic churches, Armenian Catholic churches, and many more belonging to different denominations. Particularly, the Istanbul Rum Orthodox Patriarchate is one of the most famous churches in the city, reflecting the historical and religious significance of Istanbul.

Mediterranean Region: Colorful Churches

The Mediterranean region is famous for its natural beauty and historical richness. There are many churches in this region. For instance, the “Saint Peter and Paul Church” in Antakya belongs to the Capuchin Franciscans and is still actively used. Additionally, important churches like “Saint George Church” and “The Cathedral” in Iskenderun and “Saint Anthony Church” in Mersin await visitors in this region.

Aegean Region: Historical Heritage

Aziz Petrus ve Pavlus Kilisesi
Aziz Petrus ve Pavlus Kilisesi

The Aegean region is famous for its historical richness and beautiful coastal towns. Many churches can be found in this region as well. Izmir can be considered the center of churches in the Aegean region. Churches like “Aya Fotini Church,” “Ayios Haralambos Church,” and “Mary Church” in Izmir are among the historical structures that impress visitors. There are also Catholic churches like “Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church” in this region.

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Southeastern Anatolia and Churches in Other Regions

Aziz Fransistan Kilisesi
Aziz Fransistan Kilisesi

Southeastern Anatolia, Central Anatolia, and the Black Sea regions are areas where different churches are hosted. Especially, churches like “Saint Francis Church” in Gaziantep and “Mar Hurmiz Chaldean Church” in Mardin reflect the religious heritage of these regions.


Churches found throughout Turkey represent important structures that reflect the country’s cultural diversity and history. These churches offer visitors the opportunity to explore Turkey’s religious and historical heritage. When planning your travel routes, don’t forget to visit these churches.

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