27 November 2006
Nov 30th, Pope Benedict XVI visiting Istanbul
Pope's official visit in Turkey was between November 28th - December 1st, 2006. During his visit, Pope Benedict came to Istanbul on the 30th, leaving for Vatican on the 1st. In Istanbul Pope attended a mass at the Vatican residence, visited the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate and addressed people, visited the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, performing a mass at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Istanbul, and met several religious leaders.