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  1576: San Antonio di Padova, Istanbul, Turkey

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30 July 2008

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cok guzel, or excellent. You got me inside St Anthony's Church, something I passed up when I resided in Istanbul. I merely stared at it and other Christian churches; they were usually behind grilled gates and set a ways back from the main thoroughfares.

I was glad to read of the openness in the church and neighborhood. In 1962, I did go to Sant Esprit, the Roman Catholic cathedral which was also associated closely with Good Pope John XXIII. Christ Church then was in a state of disrepair and Anglican services were at St Helena Chapel at the British Embassy.

Thank you so much for taking me back to my youth as a GI in that wonderful city, Istanbul.

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