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Crazy mosaics – Chora Museum (Kariye Müzesi)

Sight in Istanbul

It’s the best historical place in Istanbul where the Roman mosaics and frescos are very well preserved. Besides Kariye museum’s location is in the middle of a hidden paradise. It’s close to Roman city walls, martyrdom and Mihrimah mosque by Architect Sinan.

The Chora Mosque (Kariye Camii) is renowned worldwide for its well-preserved mosaics and frescoes. It presents important and beautiful examples of East Roman painting in its last period. The idea of depth in mosaics and the moving style in figures are of outstanding artistic significance in the Middle Ages, foretelling the Renaissance period.

The name “Kariye” originated from ancient Greek word “Khora “which means countryside and changed into a Turkish word because the old church and monastery remained outside the walls of Constantinople. Chora Church, was built during the reign of Emperor Iustinianos in the 5th century. Repairs and additions have changed the original plan considerably. Today’s building is from the 14th century.