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This late-medieval Byzantine mosaic of the Holy Family, set in Bethlehem, appears inside the Church of St. Savior in Istanbul.
The original Chora Church dates to the fourth century, with the structure located just outside Constantine the Great's city walls. It is believed the rending of Chora (country) relates to the church's original location in the country beyond Constinople's walls. The church and connected monastery were encompassed by Theophilus II's expansive land walls in the early 5th century. The current structure dates to the 11th century. Its crossed-in-square (quincunx) plan dominated mid-to-late Byzantine church architecture. Following the fall 1453 of Constantinople the Chora Church transitioned to a mosque, with a single minaret added. Today, the structure is a museum displaying the extensive remains of late Byzantine Christian mosaics and frescoes. The Kariye Museum (Turkish: Kariye Muzesi), often overlooked by visitors to Istanbul, is recognized as one of the leading museums in the world for medieval Byzantine art & architecture.
The Church of St. Savior at Chora (Kariye Museum/Kariye Muzesi) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, included within the designated UNESCO Historic Areas of Istanbul.
Image captured with a Canon 5D Mark III & Canon 70-200 f/4L IS USM lens.
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August 18th, 2014
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