Chora Church Museum - Kariye, Istanbul

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  • Kariye Museum (Church of St Saviour in Chora)

    by stephenshephard Written Oct 27, 2003
    Christ Pantocrator mosaic, Kariye, Istanbul

    Kariye Museum was Kariye Camii (mosque) and before that the Church of St Saviour in Chora. Chora means 'in the country' because the original church was built outside the city limits of Constantinople. The city grew and the site and the various incarnations of the church on it have been just inside the walls since 413 AD.

    From the outside it is a pretty little Byzantine church. Inside it is stunning, filled with beautiful, beautiful mosaics and frescoes, dating from the 14th century, the last decades of the Eastern Roman Empire. When the church was converted to a mosque after the Ottoman invasion, they had to be obliterated, images of people being forbidden by Islam. However unlike the Byzantine iconoclasm hundreds of years earlier, the images were not destroyed, merely covered in plaster, and once the mosque was converted into a museum they were revealed again.

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    So many wonderful mosiacs and frescos

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 10, 2006

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    One of the most amazing church with mosiacs that will blow your mind. I'm adding and updating pics and text will follow very soon.

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    Chora's monastery

    by KaterinaJordan Written Apr 15, 2004

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    Built in Byzantine period. Inside it is like Agia Sofia church i.e. the unique marble technique and the mosaics. Fortunatelly in this case the covered by plaster mosaics where mostly uncovered.

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    Salvador en Chora

    by Svillegas Written Jun 8, 2005

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    There’s a small church that conserve a big treasure, old mosaics with catholic references. A real treasure.

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    The Mosaic Museum is a lovely...

    by travelmad478 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    The Mosaic Museum is a lovely place to visit. It's an excavated palace with beautifully restored, enormous mosaics that are incredibly detailed. Here's a photo of a small piece of one.

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  • Church of Saint Saviour in...

    by lainew Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Church of Saint Saviour in Chora. The mosaics are fabulous. There are also some good souvenir shops outisde which sell good value tiles.

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