Thursday, October 14, 2010
St Savior church in Chora, Istanbul
St Savior church in Chora, known in Istanbul as Kariye muzesi, don't use the Byzantine name, no one will know what you're talking about. Except for a few churches, most of the old Byzantine churches have been converted to mosques, some are locked tight (Haghia Eirene) and a few are opened as museums. I made it a point to see this church. There are books about the Byzantine churches in Istanbul and in Turkey but they refer to the ones that have been converted to mosques. So it is misleading. To find this church was such a joy, it is in a far off area, 'Chora' means in the country, almost to the edge of Istanbul proper. To make an effort to see it is rewarding. The frescoes are so beautiful albeit not being as old as the ones in Cappadocia which we shall see in later posts.
You can google the church and see more images and write up.