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interior of the former monastery of Christ the Holy Saviour in the Chora, which means "in the Fields", in Istanbul. The church is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving examples of a Byzantine church. In 16th century it was converted in a mosque. Due the prohibition against iconic images, all mosaics and frescoes were covered behind a layer of plaster. The restoration started in 1949, when the building ceased to be a functioning mosque.

interior of the former monastery of Christ the Holy Saviour in the Chora, which means "in the Fields", in Istanbul. The church is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving examples of a Byzantine church. In 16th century it was converted in a mosque. Due the prohibition against iconic images, all mosaics and frescoes were covered behind a layer of plaster. The restoration started in 1949, when the building ceased to be a functioning mosque.

The 11th century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of the miracle of Christ turning water into wine.  Endowed between 1315-1321  by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites. Kariye Museum, Istanbul

The century Roman Byzantine Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora and its mosaic of the miracle of Christ turning water into wine. Endowed between by the powerful Byzantine statesman and humanist Theodore Metochites.

Irene, Byzantine Empress Consort 1118-34, detail from Comnenus mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, 12th century

Irene, Byzantine Empress Consort detail from Comnenus mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, century

Baptism of Christ, surrounded by the Twelve Apostles (mosaic). Byzantine School, (6th century). Baptistry of Ariani, Ravenna, Italy

Baptism of Christ, surrounded by the Twelve Apostles (mosaic). Baptistry of Ariani, Ravenna, Italy

Wall mosaics of ancient Chora Church, Istanbul. Byzantine military saint in rich dresses. 14th Century, Constantinople

Wall mosaics of ancient Chora Church, Istanbul. Byzantine military saint in rich dresses.

Chora Church, Istanbul, Turkey, The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving examples of a Byzantine church

The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, or Kariye Kilisesi — the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving examples of a Byzantine church.

Chora Church water into wine mosaic

A Photoessay of Chora Church Museum, Istanbul

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