Georgian Catholic Church Bomonti

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The Georgian Catholic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes ( Turkish Notre Dame de Lourdes Gürcü Katolik Kilisesi or Bomonti Gürcü Katolik Kilisesi ) is a historic Georgian Catholic church in the Bomonti district of the Şişli district of Istanbul in Turkey .

The church is still in use today and is one of the few Georgian Catholic churches in the world. It was built in 1861 with the help of the Georgian Catholic Bishop Petre Harisçiraşvili. As the number of Georgian Catholic Christians in Istanbul falls, a large part of the parish is made up of members of the Armenian Catholic Church . In the 1950s, up to 10,000 Georgians lived in Istanbul who were not Orthodox but Catholic. After the Istanbul pogrom under Adnan Menderes in 1955 , many Georgians emigrated. Today the Georgian Catholic community consists of only 200 to 250 people.

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Coordinates: 41 ° 3 ′ 31 ″  N , 28 ° 58 ′ 58 ″  E