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Turkey: Istanbul - St. Saviour in Chora

Sometimes magnificent works of art are preserved by a quirk of fate. In the 16th century, during the Ottoman era, St. Saviour church was converted into a mosque and its artwork was whitewashed. It was restored as a museum in 1948. The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora (Turkish: Kariye Kilisesi or Kariye Museum) is one of the most beautiful surviving examples of a Byzantine church. In the Edirnekapi area in the belediye of Fatih of Istanbul, it's off the regular tourist path, but well worth a special visit. The interior of the building is covered with fine mosaics and frescoes.


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