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"Ancient Byzantine Church"

Set against a majestic backdrop of distant hilltops and timber-clad houses, the magnificent Chora Church is a vestige of the 4th Century. A moving escape into the country’s historic and religious nuances, the church was revamped in the coming centuries, only to be converted into a mosque, and subsequently, the Kariye Museum. Enclosed within the sturdy fabric of the ancient Theodosian Walls, the church-museum is a rich - and often, astounding - repository of Byzantine artwork. The museum is distinctly demarcated into a tapestry of sections, each with an appeal which is distinctively its own. The building's unusual design consists of a string of domes, numerous windows and arches, reflecting the beautiful quintessence of Byzantine architecture. The museum is essentially characterized by a wealth of mosaics, frescoes and medieval paintings, which serve as vibrant windows into the Old Testament, chronicling scenes like the ‘Virgin and Angels Praying’, the ‘Inquiry of King Herod’, the ‘Journey of the Magi’ and ‘Journey to Bethlehem’, among many others. Ancient and relatively less-frequented, the iconic Chora Church is a remarkable crowned jewel of Turkey.
Kariye Cami Sokak No 26, Ayvansaray Mahallesi, Istanbul, Turkey, 34087
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"Ancient Byzantine Church"
Set against a majestic backdrop of distant hilltops and timber-clad houses, the magnificent Chora Church is a vestige of the 4th Century. A moving escape into the country’s historic and religious nuances, the church was revamped in the coming centuries, only to be converted into a mosque, and subsequently, the Kariye Museum. Enclosed within the sturdy fabric of the ancient Theodosian Walls, the church-museum is a rich - and often, astounding - repository of Byzantine artwork. The museum is distinctly demarcated into a tapestry of sections, each with an appeal which is distinctively its own. The building's unusual design consists of a string of domes, numerous windows and arches, reflecting the beautiful quintessence of Byzantine architecture. The museum is essentially characterized by a wealth of mosaics, frescoes and medieval paintings, which serve as vibrant windows into the Old Testament, chronicling scenes like the ‘Virgin and Angels Praying’, the ‘Inquiry of King Herod’, the ‘Journey of the Magi’ and ‘Journey to Bethlehem’, among many others. Ancient and relatively less-frequented, the iconic Chora Church is a remarkable crowned jewel of Turkey.
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