Sen Piyer Kilisesi - Galata İstanbul

The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

In 1841, because of the former troubles, the black friars demolished this to build a larger, safer and more beautiful church. For this purpose, they consulted the famous architect Gaspare Fossati, who also restored Aghia Sophia and in 1843 it was finally possible to construct the new temple dedicated to St. Peter and Paul, which still stands. Conceived according to the neo-classical style, on a rectangular plan, the church is 35 meters by 8/10 and is 14 meters high. The rear wall behind the high altar is built into the remains of the Genoese ramparts of Galata. According to the law at that time it was impossible to build a façade on the street. For this reason, there is only a small entrance surrounded by a simple frame of marble and surmounted by a tympanum and an “oculus”.

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