Istanbul (Turkey)

Nikon D3S
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

One of the most beautiful destination in Istanbul is the Kariye Muzesi (or Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora), which is one of the best preserved example of Byzantine Art.

The original church was built in the early 5th century and it was then converted into a mosque in the 16th century. From 1948 the place has been converted into a museum.

What impress visitors is not its dimensions (less then 750 m2, incomparable with Hagia Sophia) but its paintings and stunning mosaics.

Unfortunately, when the church was converted into a mosque, due to the prohibition against iconic images in Islam, the mosaics and frescoes were covered behind a layer of plaster. This and frequent earthquakes in the region have taken their toll on the artwork. But – still – visitors are amazed by gold mosaics and fabrics.

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