Posted by: Joseph J. Skarzenski | August 16, 2009

Saying goodbye to Constantinople

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Following a very eventful day in the city, we all packed up our luggage at the Hilton to begin our departure from Turkey. Before leaving, we had one last stop in the country: the Patriarchate in the district of Phanar.

Our visit to the Patriarchate was spent mostly at the Patriarchal Church of St. George. The church has been the home of the Ecumenical Patriarch since 1600. While the church has suffered damage due to a major fire in the 18th century, it stands in a glorious state today. We had the pleasure to walk in, light a candle, and explore the facility before leaving.

On our way out, we took a group photo in front of the church. We also saw the gate at the entrance of the Patriarchate where Gregory V was hanged.

Please click the link below to see photos from today:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/39885149@N06/sets/72157621918767741/show/

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