Ever wanted to rule an empire? Well now you can, virtually at least. Register with Historvius and you can be the king of the castle, or the emperor of the Colosseum! Sign up now and start uploading comments and photos to historic sites you've visited. You'll get points for your activity and those with the most points on any historic site get to rule. Don't get complacent though, as any ruler knows, there's always someone waiting in the wings to usurp your crown…
St Savior in Chora
- St Savior in Chora
- Alt Name:
- Kariye Muzesi | Chora Meseum
- Byzantine Empire
- 1000AD - 1099AD
- Istanbul Archaeology Museum, The Basilica Cistern,
The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia,
about St Savior in Chora
St Savior in Chora (Kariye Camii) is an eleventh century church turned mosque and, more recently, a museum known as Kariye Muzesi (Chora Museum).
Originally built within a Christian complex outside the boundary of Constantinople’s walls, St Savior in Chora derived its name from its countryside setting, "in chora" meaning "rural". However, the building of St Savior in Chora we see today is a newer incarnation, having been built in the eleventh century and turned into a mosque in the sixteenth century.
Today, a highlight of visiting St Savior in Chora is its incredible set of Byzantine mosaics dating to the fourteenth century, when the church underwent redecoration. Hidden by plaster during its time as a mosque, these works now remain beautifully preserved.
Just as empires rise and fall so do entry fees and opening hours! While we work as hard as we can to ensure the information provided here about St Savior in Chora is as accurate as possible, the changing nature of certain elements mean we can't absolutely guarantee that these details won't become a thing of the past. If you know of any information on this page that needs updating you can add a comment above or now.
Address: Kariye Türbesi Sk, Avcıbey Mh., 34050 Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: (212) 631 92 41
Nearest tram stop is Edirnekapı (tram 4).
Open daily except Wednesdays, 9am-7pm (4.30pm winter). Entry costs 15TL.
Historvius is not responsible for the content of external sites.