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The mosaics in Chora Museum dates back to 14th C and they can be divided into 4 parts, the ones on the nave, outer narthex(entrance), inner narthex and frescoes in pareclession(funerary chapel)
Nave; Koimesis, the Dormition of the Virgin. Before ascending to Heaven, her last sleep. Jesus is holding an infant, symbol of Mary's soul; Jesus Christ; The Virgin Mary.
Inner Narthex; The Enthroned Christ with the Donor, Theodore Metochites presenting a model of his church; St. Peter; St. Paul; Deesis, Christ and the Virgin Mary (without St. John the Baptist) with two donors below; Genealogy of Christ; Religious and noble ancestors of Christ.
The mosaics in the first three bays of the inner narthex give an account of the Virgin's birth and life. Some of them are as follows: Rejection of Joachim's offerings; Annunciation of St. Anne, the angel of the Lord announcing to Anne that her prayer for a child has been heard; Meeting of Joachim and Anne; Birth of the Virgin Mary; First seven steps of the Virgin; The Virgin given affection by her parents; The Virgin blessed by the priests; Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple;The Virgin receiving bread from an Angel; The Virgin receiving the skein of purple wool, as the priests decided to have the attendant maidens weave a veil for the Temple; Zacharias praying, when it was the time to marry for the Virgin, High Priest Zacharias called all the widowers together and placed their rods on the altar, praying for a sign showing to whom she should be given; The Virgin entrusted to Joseph; (22) Joseph taking the Virgin to his house; Annunciation to the Virgin at the well; Joseph leaving the Virgin, Joseph had to leave for six months on business and when he returned the Virgin was pregnant and he is suspicious of that.

Address: karagumruk
Phone: +90 212 631 9241
Website: http://www.choramuseum.com

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  • Written Jan 4, 2007
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