Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

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Holy Spirit Cathedral
Saint Esprit Kilisesi
Cathédrale du Saint-Esprit d'Istanbul.jpg
Location Istanbul
Country  Turkey
Denomination Roman Catholic Church

The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, alternatively known as the St. Esprit Cathedral (Turkish: Saint Esprit Kilisesi), located on Cumhuriyet Avenue, 205/B, in the quarter of Pangaltı in Şişli district,[1] the former Harbiye, between Taksim Square and Nişantaşı, is one of the principal Catholic churches in Istanbul, Turkey.[2]

It is the second largest Roman Catholic church in the city after the Basilica of S. Antonio di Padova on İstiklal Avenue in Beyoğlu.[3]

The church was built in Baroque style in 1846 under the direction of the Swiss-Italian architect Giuseppe Fossati and his colleague Julien Hillereau.

St. Esprit has been a destination of several papal visits to Turkey, including those of Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

A statue of Pope Benedict XV stands in the courtyard of the cathedral.

Giuseppe Donizetti, a musician at the court of Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II, is buried in the vaults of the church.


  1. ^ "Catholic Churches - -". Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  2. ^ "Basilique-Cathédrale Saint-Esprit, Istanbul, Turkey". Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Saint Espirit Church Sisli Istanbul". Very Turkey. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
Statue of Pope Benedict XV in the courtyard of the cathedral.

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Coordinates: 41°02′41″N 28°59′08″E / 41.04472°N 28.98556°E / 41.04472; 28.98556