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Church of St Saviour Chora

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5-day Istanbul City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Beautiful frescoes and mosaics
  • Some of the world's finest surviving Byzantine art

Time required: 60 minutes

Phone: + 90 212 631 9241

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Thurs - Tues: 9am - 4:30pm
Wednesdays: Closed

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: 10 TL

Public transport:

  • Bus nr 32: Edirnekapi stop

Address: Avcıbey Mh., Kariye Türbesi Sokak 16, Istanbul

Things you need to know:

  • Church of St Saviour Chora is a secularized museum in Istanbul since 1948
  • Originally it was built as a Byzantine church in the 11th century. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of Byzantine churches
  • The world class interior decorations were added in the middle of the 14th century. They are considered to be the finest example of Byzantine art
  • More than 100 mosaics and frescoes decorate the walls. They are illustrating scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary and depict other Biblical images
  • When the church was converted into a mosque in 1511, the frescoes and mosaics were plastered over. This helped preserve these masterpieces

What to do there:

  • Walk around and enjoy the more than 50 fabulous mosaic panels dating from about 1310, most in excellent shape
  • Do not miss the garden behind the church

Tips & Insights:

  • As the frescoes are very fragile no flash photography is permitted
  • Byzantine city walls
  • If you are in a hurry we recommend taking a taxi to get to Church of St Saviour Chora

 

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