Saturday, November 9, 2019
TURKEY ON THE WAY TO A CALIPHATE UNDER ERDOGAN: ISTANBUL'S FIFTH CENTURY CHORA CHURCH TURNED INTO A MOSQUE~GOVERNMENT CLAIMS IT WAS ORIGINALLY A MOSQUE
The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora (Greek: Ἐκκλησία τοῦ Ἁγίου Σωτῆρος ἐν τῇ Χώρᾳ, Turkish: Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, Kariye Kilisesi) is a medieval Byzantine Greek Orthodox church preserved as the Chora Museum in the Edirnekapı neighborhood of Istanbul. The neighborhood is situated in the western part of the municipality (belediye) of the Fatih district. In the 16th century, during the Ottoman era, the church was converted into a mosque; it became a museum in 1948. The interior of the building is covered with some of the oldest and finest surviving Byzantine mosaics and frescoes; they were uncovered and restored after the building was secularized and turned into a museum.
TURKEY: ISTANBUL'S FIFTH CENTURY CHORA CHURCH TURNED INTO A MOSQUE~GOVERNMENT CLAIMS IT WAS ORIGINALLY A MOSQUE
BY ROBERT SPENCER
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