REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Kariye Church

RELIGIOUS MONUMENTS

Kariye (Chora) Church

This church near Edirnekapı at Istanbul is famous for its mosaics and frescoes. It was built by Maria Dukaina, mother - in - law of Byzantine Emperor Alexius Komnenos, and was later expanded. It was dedicated to Jesus Christ. Most of the mosaics and frescoes were made during 1305-1320. It was converted into a mosque during the

reign of Bayezit II. It was restored in 1929, the mosaics revealed and, after Ayasofia, was opened to public as a museum. It is also referred to as the Mosaic Museum.