Judaism

Judaism The Sephardic Jews have been living in the city for over 500 ears. They supported Ottoman Government much by introducing new ideas, methods and craftsmanship. The first Gutenberg press in Istanbul had been established by Sephardic Jews in 1493. They excelled many fields, particularly medicine, trade and banking. More than 20.000 Sephardic Jews still…

Christianity

Christianity Istanbul has been the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate since 4th century AD, and does continue to serve as the seat of some other Orthodox churches, such as the Turkish Orthodox Church and the Armenian Patriarchate. After the Turkish conquest of Constantinople in 1453, the conqueror Mehmed II founded the Millet System. According to…

Islam

Islam The urban landscape of the city has been shaped by many communities. The most popular major religion is Islam. The first mosque had been built in Kadikoy on the Asian side of the city which had been conquered by the Ottomans in 1353. The first mosque on the European side had been built inside…