Kariye, or Chora, has had three names throughout its history. It was first known as the Church of the Holy Saviour in the Country. The church was considered “in the country” because it was originally built outside the walls of Constantinople in the early 5th century. The outside structure of Chora that we see today dates from the 11th to 14th centuries. The inside of Chora, its mosaics and frescos, date to about 1312 A.D.
Don’t go on a Wednesday – it’s closed!
Visit the nearby Asitane restaurant for a meal. Beautiful settings of a restored Ottoman mansion and gardens. The food will be unlike anything you’ve ever eaten – all the dishes are recreations of meals from the Ottoman Empire. Some recipes date back to the 1400s!
Be adventurous and take the bus rather than a taxi to Chora Church. You catch a bus from Eminonu (station is in the same area as the ferries) and your stop is Edirnekapi. It is an easy five minute walk to the museum from that point.