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website=[http://www.ec-patr.org Church of Constantinople]
The '''Church of Constantinople''' is one of the fourteen or fifteen [[autocephaly|autocephalous]] churches, also referred to as the '''Ecumenical [[Patriarchate]]'''. It is headed by the Ecumenical Patriarch, who has the status of ''[[primus inter pares]]'' ("first among equals") among the world's Orthodox [[bishop]]s.
local churches of the Ecumenical Patriarchate consist of five archdioceses, three churches, thirteen metropolises, and one diocese, each of which reports directly to the Patriarch of Constantinople with no intervening authority. In addition, three of the five archdioceses have internal metropolises (16 in all), which are part of their respective archdioceses rather than distinct administrative entities, unlike the other metropolises.
== Places of Pilgrimage ==
*'''[[Church of Constantinople Structure]]'''
*[[List of Patriarchs of Constantinople|'''Hierarchical Succession''']]
*[[Theological School of Halki|'''Theological Institutions''']]
*[[Ecumenical Patriarchate in America]]