Spent the afternoon “gez”ing in Fener (or Phanar). It’s fascinating to me that the Eastern Orthodox Church is headquartered here in Istanbul, especially considering that there’s only 3,000 Greeks left in the city (compared to the 60,000+ before the pogrom). I didn’t get to meet His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew as I hoped, but I enjoyed strolling the modest but well kept grounds, as well as examining the interior of the church of Church of St. GeorgeThe lingering smell of incense reminded me of the first Orthodox liturgy I attended in Louisville some years ago. Pictures are of St. Stephen Church (Bulgarian Orthodox), Phanar Greek Orthodox College, and  The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople


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