Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
The city of Istanbul boasts with its Mosques and Churches. The Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) is one of the significant structures that make up the repertoire of the city’s architecture. Hidden away in a small area of Istanbul, the church displays mosaics dating back to the fourth century. They tell the story of the life of Blessed Virgin Mary.
The entrance fee to this church is slightly higher than anticipated, but don’t let that discourage you from entering. The frescos and mosaics are made up of vibrant colors and have been very well preserved. Some of the frescos have been defaced, which is something that happened across Turkey during the various religious reigns.
Visitors who have taken more time observing the frescos say that the entire Bible is depicted on the walls of the Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). Audio guides are available which makes it easy to understand what you are looking at. The central dome of the church is simply exquisite.
Getting to the Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) is a bit tricky. Not many people know it by its English name and one would either make use of the metro knowing its exact location, or by taxi, directing the driver towards the church by its Turkish name.