Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Istanbul

The iconostasis of the Church of St George, within the grounds of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Istanbul.

The Greek presence in Turkey is now small, but the Ecumenicl Patriarchate still serves at the spiritual home of the Greek Orthodox Church for believers in Greece and scattered all over the world.  It claims its beginnings from the Apostle St Andrew.

The two-headed eagle in the centre of the picture is a symbol from the Byzantine Empire, representing the twin role of the Byzantine Emperor, as head both of the Church and the State.

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