St. Antuan Church

St. Antuan Church

St. Anthony of Padua Church, also known as the Sant’Antonio di Padova Church, is the largest church of the Roman Catholic Church in Istanbul, Turkey. It is located on Istiklal Street in the Beyoglu district and  one of the most important Catholic churches in Istanbul, and has the largest community following its masses.

The original St.Anthont of Padua Church was built in 1725 by Italians, who was living in Turkey,  but was later demolished and replaced with the current building. It was constructed at the same location and rebuilt by the famous architect Giuliu Mongeri and completed in 1912, and also representing Italian Neo-Gothic and Tuscan-Lombard styles.

The cathedral is run by Italian priests. Pope John XXIII preached in this church for 10 years, when he was the Vatican’s ambassador to Turkey before being elected as pope. His nickname was “The Turkish Pope” because of his fluent Turkish and his love for Turkey.

Saturday mass is in Italian and begins at 19:00, Sunday mass is in English and begins at 10:00, and Tuesday mass is in Turkish and begins at 11:00.