9.11.2014

Chora Church | Istanbul

The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora was originally built outside of the walls of Contantinople (now Istanbul) in the 5th century.  It was originally a monastery.  The church has been rebuilt a few times, once because of an earthquake.  Gorgeous mosaics and frescos cover the walls and ceilings, each one telling a different story.  In 1511 the church was converted into a mosque and the mosaics and frescos were covered with a layer of plaster.  In 1945 it was converted into a museum and the mosaics were then uncovered.  And they were absolutely beautiful.  You can learn more about Chora Church here.