The Chora Church Is Where You Are Sure To See Virgin Mary And Jesus On Mosaics
When you are in Istanbul, there are a thousand sites waiting for you to feast your eyes on. But do reserve some time for each of these, for it is going to take some time to absorb all the beauty of the historical monuments.
Make sure your itnary does list Chora Church in it. This is a church built-in the Byzantine era by the Byzantinians. It was converted into a mosque when the Ottomans took over the reins of Turkey, and today, it stands as a museum welcoming thousands of tourists everyday. You have to go within the museum to witness some of the mastery in mosaic done by the artists. There are picturesque examples of the life of Jesus and Virgin Mary.
The museum is also known by its original name of Church of the Holy Savior Outside the Walls. The name is symbolic of the fact that when it was constructed in the 5th century, it was outside the city, guarding it. With time, the city grew in proportion and it expanded to the frontiers recognised today. The boundaries of Istanbul were in fact created by Theodosius II in 413-1414 with his land walls.
The earthquake that struck the city of Istanbul in the 12th century resulted in some damage to the church. The reconstruction done was not the first. It had been subjected to repairs and restoration work several times by different rulers.
The decoration done within the museum by the artists on its walls makes it unique among all other Byzantine Churches in Istanbul.