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Byzantine renaissance

The Chora Church is located in the outskirts of Istanbul and, while it's a ways away from the city's main points of interest, it's still a must if you're traveling to Istanbul. The church was built in the 4th century and subsequently rebuilt over the years; the current incarnation was finished in the 9th century.

It was originally a Christian church which was converted into a mosque once the Ottomans took control of Constantinople. It had beautiful frescoes on the dome and interior walls but they were painted over and a minaret was added. The church also has several smaller chapels which give it an irregular shape (a fact which is easily appreciated once you reach the rear of the church).

Today, the mosaics and frescoes have been uncovered once again and they represent one of the highlights of the Byzantine Renaissance. The most impressive frescoes are found in the funerary chapel and the dome.

The entrance fee is 10 Turkish lira and it's open from 9:30am to 4:30pm except Wednesdays.
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Church of the holy saviour in chora

This small mosque, or the church of St. Savior in Chora as it is also called, has one of the most pictorial treasures stored within itself. Its mosaics and frescoes are of extraordinary quality. Little is known about the early days of the church, although its name means "of the field", because it is believed to have been built in a rural setting. The present church dates from the eleventh century. Between 1315 and 1321 it was refurbished and, commissioned by Teodoro Metochites - a remarkable dignitary of his time - at that time frescoes were incorporated.
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Another gem of istanbul

The Byzantine church of St. Savior in Chora is another reason to visit Istanbul. It is richly decorated with frescoes and mosaics. Among other details is the figure of St. Paul, with the book in his left hand, and St. Peter with the keys. Both mosaics have their names recorded in Greek. There are also scenes depicting the resurreccción, the Virgin and Child and San Salvador in Chora own It's outside the walls of the old city, so few tourists come to her. But it is worth devoting a day to go by boat Golden horn to one of the two stops near the neighborhood where the church is and walk the quiet streets, with traces of traditional wooden architecture, and then also visit beautiful mosque Mihrimah sultana and eat in small terraces at the entrance. The route through the area can be completed by taking a taxi to the Pierre Loti Cafe, named in memory of the French writer, who was a regular customer. From here there are panoramic views over the Golden Horn. Then be a walk in the cemetery Eyup and finish with a visit to the Eyüp Sultan Mosque, which gives its name to the neighborhood, right there before catching the boat back.

Otra de las joyas de estambul

La iglesia bizantina de San Salvador in Chora es otro de los motivos para visitar Estambul. Está ricamente decorada con frescos y mosaicos. Entre otros detalles está la figura de San Pablo, con el libro en la mano izquierda, y San Pedro, con las llaves. Ambos mosaicos tienen grabados sus nombres en griego. También hay escenas que representan la resurreccción, la virgen con el niño y al propio San Salvador in Chora Está fuera de los muros de la ciudad antigua, por eso pocos turistas se acercan hasta ella. Pero merece la pena dedicar un día a recorrer en barco El Cuerno de oro hasta una de las dos paradas cercanas al barrio en el que está la iglesia y recorrer sus calles tranquilas, con restos de arquitectura tradicional en madera, y aprovechar para visitar después la preciosa mezquita de la sultana Mihrimah y comer en las pequeñas terrazas que hay en la entrada. La ruta por la zona se puede completar cogiendo un taxi hasta el café de Pierre Loti, llamado así en recuerdo del escritor francés, que era un cliente habitual. Desde allí hay unas vistas panorámicas sobre el Cuerno de oro. Después se puede un paseo por el cementerio de Eyup y terminar con una visita a la mezquita del sultán Eyüp, que da nombre al barrio, antes de coger allí mismo el barco de vuelta.
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Frescoes and mosaics impressive!

In an area far from the center you will find this jewel of Byzantine splendor not to be missed if you have the time. The name Chora (in greek) or Kariye (in turkish) means 'out of town'. The chapel was built before the fifth century, when the city walls still were not there. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times, but what is important to know (and you can see), is his conversion from ancient Christian temple mosque. Fortunately the splendid mosaics and frescoes dating back to the fourteenth century have come down to us. In 1945 it was transformed into a museum, and today is open to visitors for a fee (15 pounds). You will be truly amazed. You will also find many shops and ceramic tiles. Although the buildings are in a state of decay, the situation is likely to change since the influx of tourists.

Affreschi e mosaici impressionanti!

In una zona distante dal centro si trova questo vero e proprio gioiello dell'arte bizantina, uno splendore da non perdere se ne avete il tempo. Il nome Chora (in greco) o Kariye (in turco) significa proprio 'fuori dalla città'. La cappella fu costruita prima del V secolo, quando le mura della città ancora non c'erano. Fu distrutta e ricostruita varie volte, ma quello che è fondamentale sapere (e si può notare) è la sua riconversione da antico templio cristiano a moschea.

Fortunatamente gli splendidi mosaici e affreschi, risalenti al XIV secolo, sono giunti fino a noi. Nel 1945 viene trasformata in museo, ed oggi è visitabile a pagamento (15 lire). Rimarrete davvero stupefatti.

In zona troverete anche molti negozietti di ceramica e piastrelle. Anche se gli edifici sono in uno stato decadente, la situazione è destinata a cambiare visto l'afflusso turistico.
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The church of san salvador was built ...

The Church of San Salvador was built on the outskirts of Constantinople in 413 by Justinian as rposteriormente renovated monastery in the eleventh century. The chora name means in the field, and today is away from downtown Istanbul, but has many visitors, because it is the second most important Byzantine church after Hagia Sophia Istanbul. The mosaics and frescoes of the fourteenth century are well preserved because they were covered by a layer of lime in the sixteenth century when it was converted into a mosque.

La Iglesia de San Salvador fue construida en las afueras de Constantinopla en el año 413 por Justiniano como monasterio y rposteriormente renovada en el siglo XI. El nombre chora significa en el campo, y hoy en día se encuentra lejos del centro Estambul, pero tiene muchos visitantes, porque es la segunda iglesia bizantina más importante de Estambul después de Santa Sofía. Los mosaicos y frescos del siglo XIV se han conservado muy bien ya que fueron cubiertos por una capa de cal en el siglo XVI cuando fue convertida en mezquita.
Carlos Olmo
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The church of st. saviour in chora, k...

The church of St. Saviour in Chora, Kariye Museum houses, inside you can see the best examples of Byzantine painting. Kariye means "countryside", was out of town until the walls were built in the fifth century Although it was used as a mosque for a time, had the good sense not to destroy the frescoes and mosaics, they just covered it with plaster, so after "reparición" in 1900, and restoration, we can enjoy them. Depicting scenes from the Virgin Mary and the genealogy of Christ, his childhood and miracles.

La iglesia de San Salvador de Chora, alberga el Museo de Kariye, en su interior se pueden contemplar los mejores ejemplos de pintura bizantina. Kariye significa "campiña", se hallaba fuera de la ciudad hasta que se construyeron las murallas en el siglo V.

Aunque fue utilizada como mezquita durante un tiempo, tuvieron el sentido común de no destruir los frescos y mosaicos, tan sólo les taparon con yeso, por lo que tras su "reparición" en 1900, y restauración, podemos disfrutar de ellos. Representan escenas de la Virgen María y la genealogía de Cristo, su infancia y milagros.
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Mosaics exceptional!

A little 'far from the center but still within the walls of Istanbul (although originally it was outside the city walls), this beautiful church is worth a visit as it has Byzantine mosaics extremely beautiful and very well kept! The walk that you need to do and the cost of tickets of 15 pounds (July 2012, about 7 euro) were rewarded by the beauty of this church, which has certainly smaller size than other buildings of Istanbul and is certainly less famous Hagia Sophia , but from my point of view I found it more interesting for the appearance of mosaics!

Mosaici eccezionali!

Un po' distante dal centro storico ma comunque dentro le mura di Istanbul (anche se in origine si trovava fuori dalle mura della città) questa bella chiesa merita la visita, poiché possiede mosaici bizantini estremamente belli e molto ben conservati!
La camminata che vi dovrete fare e i costo del biglietti di 15 lire (luglio 2012, circa 7 euro) sono stati ripagati dalla bellezza di questa chiesa, che ha dimensioni sicuramente più ridotte rispetto ad altri edifici di Istanbul ed è sicuramente meno famosa di Santa Sofia, ma dal mio punto di vista l’ho trovata più interessante per l’aspetto dei mosaici!
Pamela Ferrari
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Small and delicate

This beautiful church of Istanbul is situated on the outskirts of the city and, in recent years, has become another of the interesting cultural claims is the capital of Turkey. And that, of course, has created some problems: The massive influx of tourist coaches makes this small enclosure be crowded which, besides preventing move freely inside, endangering many of which houses valuable paintings. Luckily the beauty of the church is in its roof so it is easy to enjoy even when crowded with tourists but even so, I imagine to be in this room alone, walking slowly and quietly for their rooms should be a experience very different from what I experienced. # Odiolosautobusesdeturistas

Pequeña y delicada

Esta bonita iglesia de Estambul se encuentra a las afueras de la ciudad y, en los últimos años, se ha convertido en otros de los interesantes reclamos culturales que tiene la capital de Turquía.

Y eso, como no, ha creado algunos problemas: La llegada masiva de autocares turísticos hace que este pequeño recinto quede atestado de gente lo que, además de impedir moverte con libertad por el interior, pone en peligro muchas de las valiosas pinturas que acoge.

Por suerte la belleza de la iglesia se encuentra en sus techos por lo que es fácil de disfrutarla aún estando atestada de turistas pero, aún así, me imagino que estar en este recinto a solas, paseando despacio y en silencio por sus salas debe ser una experiencia muy diferente a la que yo viví.

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Past imposing

Experience to reach the Church was unforgettable, when we took the mini bus, as people were spending money until they reach the hands of the driver, the friendliness of the people to explain how to get, and as we got off the mini bus screaming STOP! Outside, the church will not let you sense the richness of mosaics and frescoes are inside, once inside it is impossible to stay innotizada for times of grandeur.

Pasado imponente

La experiencia hasta llegar a la Iglesia fué inolvidable, cuándo cogimos el mini autobús, como la gente iba pasando el dinero hasta que llegará a manos del conductor, la amabilidad de la gente al explicarnos como llegar, y como bajarnos del mini bus gritando STOP!
Por fuera, la iglesia no te deja intuir la riqueza de mosaicos y frescos que existen en su interior, una vez dentro es imposible quedarse innotizada por épocas de grandiosidad.
Yolanda Lázaro
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A place outside the historic Istanbul where it is essential to go. With a stunning Byzantine mosaics this church is one of the treasures of the city. For directions you can take a taxi for a few euros.


Un lugar fuera del Estambul histórico donde es imprescindible ir. Con unos mosaicos bizantinos impresionantes esta iglesia es uno de los tesoros de la ciudad. Para llegar puedes coger un taxi por unos pocos euros.
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Information about Chora Church

Chora Church Phone Number
Chora Church Address
Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Estambul 34087, Turquía
Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Estambul 34087, Turquía
Chora Church Opening Hours
mon 9:00 - 16:30
tue 9:00 - 16:30
wed closed
thu 9:00 - 16:30
fri 9:00 - 16:30
sat 9:00 - 16:30
sun 9:00 - 16:30
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