Istanbul, Turkey

Places to visit
Chora Church - Kariye Museum

Chora Church dates back to the early fifth century AD and is one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture.  It was built just outside of Constantinople's original walls, but was brought inside the city's defenses when Emperor Theodosius II built a new wall.  The church was rebuilt between 1077 and 1081, and again renovated after an earthquake in the twelfth century.  Most of the interior dates from that time.  In the early 1500s, the church was converted into a mosque.  It remained a mosque until 1948, when work began to restore the frescoes ...

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