Photographer's Note

Less well known than the Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) in Sultanahmet, is the gorgeous little medieval Byzantine church of Chora, about 18 km west of Sultanahmet. Its well worth the effort to get there as the wall and ceilings are covered in attractive Byzantine religious art. Chora Church is now a Museum since 1948.

It dates from the early 4th century, but most of the current building was constructed between 1077–1081 AD. In 1453 Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks. 50 years later it was converted to 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."

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