A hauntingly beauty you do not want to miss in Istanbul!
Saint Savior In Chora, one of the most beautiful Byzantine Churchis located in Istanbul in the District of Edirnekapı. You yould definitely visit it, it is a pure Byzantine wonder!
HISTOIRE: CHORA signifie “dans la campagne”, ce nom a été donné par ce que la construction de cette église a été faite à l’extérieur de la ville Constantinople, c’est à dire après les remparts datant du 4ème siècle.
During the construction of the Theodosian Wall in 413-414, The Emperor Theodosius decided to leave the church in the defensive system and keep its name CHORA. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453 the time when Byzantium ended; Sultan MEHMET II the conqueror decides to turn some churches into mosques.
From that date on, other sultans followed this decision, as II BAYEZID, who in 1511,
transformed Saint-Sauveur-In-Chora also into a mosque and renamed it “Kariye” which comes from the Greek meaning: countryside.
Other churches remained as they were for the Christians of the city.
RESPECT FOR THE SULTANS: Although in Islam, the reproduction of characters is forbidden; during the transformation of the churches, successive sultans always keep intact the frescoes and mosaics of these Christian cult places; hiding them with plaster and wood to protect them, out of respect and love of Art!
At the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1922, during the presidency of MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATURK these old churches, new mosques, were transformed into museums.
What a wonderful surprise came out when plaster and wood were removed from the walls ..
Several centuries of history passed; mosaics and Christian frescoes remained more or less intact, very well preserved. Thanks to the decision taken by the Muslim sultans several centuries ago, French can come today to admire this Byzantine splendor!
To this day this museum is visited in summer from 9:00 to 19:00 in winter and from 9:00 to 16:30. The museum is closed on Wednesdays (the day of ravioli).
The entrance costs 54 TL.
Let’s the pictures speek ! :
La découverte de Saint-Sauveur-In-Chora Istanbul en vidéo, un miracle de l’histoire: