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PHANAR

The court of the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople and the name of the Greek quarter where he resided. It was the center of the Hellenistic spirit after the Turkish conquest. Orthodox Christians in European Turkey were ruled by the patriarch with the consent of the Turkish Government. The Phanar in the East corresponds to the Vatican in the West. (Etym. Greek ph_narion, lantern.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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