Found project: SS. Peter and Paul


    Project : SS. Peter and Paul

    Architect : Fossati, Gaspare & Fossati, Giuseppe

    Completion: 1843 (current building)

    Locality : Istanbul

    Country : Turkey

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    Description :

    “Secreted behind an unobtrusive pink and purple gate is a Dominican church built in 1604 by the Genoese. The church was destroyed twice by fire then was rebuilt by the renowned Fossati brothers from 1841 to 1843. The exterior of the church – essentially a narrow alleyway enclosed by high walls – is covered in inscriptions. The main treasure of the church is the famous icon of Mary Odighitria (the guide). According to tradition, Luke himself painted the icon. Although its authenticity has never been proven, this seems unimportant to those who gaze upon it. At the back of the church is a well-preserved section of the original Genoese defensive walls.” [1]
    “It is one of the three surviving Medieval Latin churches in Galata and now serves the local Maltese community.” [2]

    1.http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/europe/turkey/istanbul/42202/church-of-ss-peter-and-paul/attraction-detail.html (September 26, 2011)
    2.http://www.mymerhaba.com/en/main/content.asp_Q_id_E_127 (September 26, 2011)

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen



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