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- Chora ChurchMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Jan 17, 2014
Ironically, because of the iconoclastic period during which the Byzantines destroyed much of their own religious artwork, the best Byzantine frescoes can be found in Venice and Sicily. However, for the intrepid visitors who are willing to venture out to the city walls, Chora Church definitely has the best frescoes in the city. This small chuch is filled with frescoes depicting Christ, Mary, the saints and some of the emperors. The most famous fresco is that of Christ lifting the Jewish Patriarchs out of hell.
- Chora ChurchMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 2Jan 05, 2014
The Chora Church was a beautiful church that we stopped at during our tour of Istanbul. It's full of very well preserved frescoes that tell the story of the lives of Jesus and Mary. A little out of the way, but well worth the trip.Recommended for:History Buffs
- Chora ChurchMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsStudents+ 1Nov 01, 2013
Quite an amazing example of Byzantine churches and artwork. The church originally stood outside the 4th century walls of Constantine the Great, however when Theodosius II built his land walls the church was included. Sometime during the 16th century the church was turned into a mosque. Then in 1945 was turned into a museum. Thankfully the beautiful mosaics inside have survived through all of this.
It's a little difficult to get to, but a 20 lira taxi should get you there fine. The church is surrounded by a gorgeous garden and high brick walls, you don't even feel like you are in Istanbul anymore; you've been transported to the byzantine countryside.
Not as large as other Byzantine churches that can be found in Istanbul, it outdoes them in it's interior beauty. I won't ruin the surprise, but it is truly an incredible little church that you must see!
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Aliases: Kariye Museum, Chora Museum, Chora Monastery