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Chora Church

Chora Church

Chora Church

Chora Church (Ayvansaray Mh., Kariye Cami Sk. No:26, Fatih/İstanbul) — the Turkish word Kariye is derived from the ancient Greek word Chora meaning outside of the city (land).  It is known that there was a chapel outside of the city before the 5th century when the city walls were erected.  The first Chora Church was rebuilt by Justinianus (527-565) in place of this chapel.  In the era of Komnenoi, it served as the court chapel for important religious ceremonies, thanks to its nearness to the Palace of Blachernae.

The church was destroyed during the Latin invasion (1204-1261) and repaired in the reign of Andronikos II (1282-1328) by the Treasury Minister of the palace, Theodore Metochites (1313). It was expanded towards north, an exonarthex was added to its western side and a chapel (Parecclesion) to its southern side, and it was decorated with mosaics and frescoes. Admission:  30 TL per person.  Hours:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily (except Wednesday).