Originally Church of the Holy Saviour Outside the Walls, then a mosque and now a museum, the Chora Church has the most amazing mosaics and fresco paintings, dating from the fourteenth century, which cover most of the interior. They tell the Christian story in vivid and beautiful detail. You need a guidebook to list the subjects depicted - the Lonely Planet guide has this on its last pages. The most powerful image is that of the Anastasis or Resurrection, a fresco in the side chapel, which brings Stanley Spencer to mind. Well worth the walk up. The Museum is included in the Museum card scheme: cost TL15. It is best to go at 9am or at lunchtime when the tour groups have gone to eat, otherwise it can be very crowded. The Pink Cafe opposite is good value, and afterwards you can walk along the Theodosian city walls and see the ruins of Constantine's palace.
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