St. Antoine Church
Address: İstiklal Caddesi No. 171, Galatasaray Beyoğlu
Phone: (0212) 244 0935
Web Site: www.sentantuan.com
Working Hours: Every day: 8:00-19:30
St. Antoine Church, also known as St Anthony of Padua, may be the most famous Roman Catholic establishment in Istanbul, especially due to its prominent location near the center of Istiklal Caddesi.
Established on site in 1724, the original church was unfortunately demolished in the beginning of the twentieth century to make way for the construction of a new tramway. However, renowned architects Giulio Mongeri and Edoardo de Nani came together to design the current building, and in 1912 the church was re-opened for worship.
Constructed in the form of a Latin cross, St. Antoine reflects neo-gothic and Tuscan-Lombard styles; the crypt, situated below the main sanctuary, is of Romanesque origin. The church is filled with various works of art, including a gilded wooden statue of St. Anthony by Luigi Bresciani, and two mosaics that depict the Baptism of the Lord and the Supper at Emmaus.
St. Anthony of Padua is perhaps the most celebrated disciple of St. Francis of Assisi. Born in Lisbon in 1195, he was renowned as a famous preacher and worker of miracles while alive. He is generally pictured with a book and the Infant Child Jesus, who appeared to him in a vision. It is not uncommon to witness Catholics kneeling in front of the statue of St. Anthony, praying in hopes of a miracle from the revered Saint.
It is possible for visitors to attend mass at St. Antoine. Services that are offered in English at 8:00 am, Monday through Saturday, and at 10:00 am on Sundays. If you prefer a more authentic Roman Catholic mass, services are offered in Italian on Saturdays at 7:00 pm and on Sundays at 11:30 am.
Take a moment to admire the magnificent organ that rests above the entryway. The Italian firm Vincenzo Mascioni (Cuvio Varese) built the triple electric instrument in 1949.http://www.theguideistanbul.com/spots/view/804/st-antoine-church-sent-antuan-kilisesi/