Chora Church

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Timings : Mid April - Late October: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM,
Late October - Mid April: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM,
Last entry 30min before closing

Entry Fee : Adult - TRY 30,
Child - Free Entry

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Chora Church, Istanbul Overview

A church belonging to the Greek Orthodox and was converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. It today serves as a museum with some spectacular mosaics and frescoes.

Like many of the big churches in Turkey, the Chora Church too was converted by the Ottomans into a mosque. Once it was converted into a museum, the covers were taken off all its works of art and depictions, revealing some truly magnificent frescoes and mosaics all over from the Byzantine times. The church is divided into three parts, the narthex (entrance hall), naos (main church), and the parecclesion (side chapel). The narthex itself is divided into the exonarthex and the esonarthex. The entire structure is adorned with a plethora of notable mosaics, some of them truly breathtaking like the Khalke Jesus, and the Genealogy of Christ. The parecclesion is decorated with various frescoes along with the mosaics. The most notable of these include the Anastasis, and the dome itself which has Mary and the Child painted on it. The museum has become one of Istanbul's most famous places and is another grand example of the Byzantine empire.

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