Death & Funeral Houses
Purchase of a burial site
In case of a Christian or Jewish burial, the purchase of a burial site should be realized during ones lifetime. Decorating of the grave with stones or marble is possible three months after the burial. Family members of the deceased are responsible for the maintenance of the grave. All cemeteries (except for a few) are subject to the authority of the Istanbul Municipality. The distribution of burial sites is usually done by the responsible cemetery administration.
In the case of a Christian's death the individual religious affiliation "nüfus" (census) registration or baptism certificate is decisive.
In general only Muslims are buried in Islamic cemeteries. But in case of bi-national families there may be a possibility for the family of the deceased to obtain permission to bury the loved-one within the Islamic burial site. The preparation of the funeral is done according to Islamic rites. It is not permitted to put a cross on the grave.
In Istanbul all members of the Reformed Churches belong to the Protestant Cemetery in Feriköy. Burial sites are being distributed by the Consulate General. Part of the Feriköy cemetery grounds have been assigned to the Roman Catholic Church.
Tayyareci Fehmi Sokak 3/1, Pangaltı
Tel: (212) 219 22 83
Responsible representative for the Catholic Church: Monsignor Georges Maravitch Tel: (212) 248 07 97
The formalities for a Christian burial are essentially the same as for an Islamic one. Normally the authorities show understanding for the wishes of Christian families as far as possible. Islamic burials normally take place within 24 hours, but a Christian burial may well be postponed by a few days.
These funeral houses arrange almost everything with regard to burial procedures such as newspaper announcements, finding graves and arranging a priest. If necessary, most of them can also arrange to transport the corpse abroad.
There are no established regulations regarding the services of each funeral house, therefore it is advisable to get the necessary information beforehand.
Some funeral houses by alphabetical order:
Asmalımescit, Emir Nevhiz Sokak 18, Beyoglu
Tel: (212) 244 18 52
Istiklal Caddesi 164, Tokatlıyan İş Hanı, Beyoğlu
Tel: (212) 252 85 55, for night calls (212) 246 55 60, in summer time (216) 381 42 33, cell phone (532) 431 83 33
Balikpazarı, Duduodalar Sokak 1, Beyoglu
Tel: (212) 245 41 45, for night calls: (212) 247 15 73, cell phone: (542) 742 00 00 and (535) 455 88 31
Fax: (212) 245 27 86
Ana Çeşme Sokak 4/2, Taksim
Tel: (212) 293 99 01, for night calls: (212) 247 90 42, cell phone: (542) 213 14 90,
in summer time: (216) 381 41 79
Fax: (212) 249 31 67
Latest comments about this article
By masseree 24.7.2007
Does anybody knows how much a simple burial will cost on a christian cemetary?
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