"Mosaics of St Saviour in Chora" Chora Church & Museum - Kariye Museum Tip by MM212

  Mosaic of Jesus in Chora Church - Jan 2010
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  • Mosaics of St Saviour in Chora - Istanbul

The extraordinary mosaics of the Church of Saint Saviour in Chora make this church-mosque-museum one of Istanbul's greatest treasures. Except for the side chapel, the entire church's upper walls, ceilings and domes were once covered in mosaics depicting the life of Jesus and Mary, added in the early 14th century. When the church was converted into a mosque following the Ottoman conquest, the mosaics were covered in plaster to hide the images in accordance with Islam's prohibition on human depiction. The mosaics were forgotten for some 400 years until the mid-20th century when the church underwent a restoration and conversion into a museum. Unfortunately, a lot of the mosaics perished, possibly even before the Ottoman conquest, but what has survived is astonishing. The most notable mosaics are those that depict Emperor Theodore offering the church to Jesus and those that show the Genealogy of Jesus.

For a detailed look at these mesmerising mosaics, go to the travelogue: "Church of Saint Saviour in Chora: Mosaics".

Address: Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii Sokak, Edirnekapı
Phone: +90 212 631 9241
Website: http://www.choramuseum.com

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  • Updated Feb 25, 2010
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