27 Apr

Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

One of Istanbul’s most impressive examples of Byzantine church architecture that remains, the Ottomans converted the Chora Church into a mosque in the 16th Century before it became the Kariye Museum in 1948. Located in the Erdinekapı district of İstanbul, it originally dates back to the 11th Century, although it was largely reconstructed following a massive earthquake in the 12th Century. It is impressive in both its exterior and interior, with mosaics and frescoes uncovered and restored in the mid-20th Century after being covered with plaster for nearly 500 years.

 

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