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St. Savior in Chora (Kariye Müzesi; formerly the Kariye Camii)

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ImageThis church houses one of the best preserved galleries of Byzantine mosaics. A detailed account of early Christian history can also be found here. What was originally built as a church in the 4th century as part of a monastery complex outside the city walls, was in the 16th century converted into a mosque. At this time the mosaics were plastered only to be uncovered by archaeologists years later during World War ll. Still often referred to as Kariye Camii, the Chora became a museum in 1947. It is assumed that there are about 50 mosaic panels. A definite number can not been agreed upon as some of the tiles are only partially discernible.The subjects of the mosaic panels fall into one of four themes, relating to the cycle of the life of Christ and his miracles, stories of the life of Mary, scenes from the infancy of Christ and stories of Christ's ministry. The burial section is decorated with frescos completed sometime after the completion of the mosaics and were presumably executed by the same artist. The frescoes in the burial chamber which leave a lasting impression, tell the story of life after death with their scenes depicting Heaven and Hell and the Resurrection and the Life. A scene that lingers on in one's memory is of the Last Judgment with a scroll representing infinity above a River of Fire. Adam and Eve's souls being saved from the devil by Jesus Christ is another detail that is worthy of a mention.
 
Timings: Thurs-Tues 09.30-18.30
Location: Camii Sok., Kariye Meydani, Edirnekapi
Admission: 10 YTL 

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