I’ve always wanted to visit Chora Church or Kariye Museum when I heard of its many famous gold mosaics and frescoes from ceiling to floor inside the church. It is the some of the oldest and best surviving examples of the great Byzantine (east ancient Roman art).
Chora Church or its other name, Church of the Holy Savior in Chora is a medieval Greek Orthodox/Byzantine church built in the 5th century (old!). Then it was turned into a mosque when the Turks came (as they did to most churches). Now it is a museum in Istanbul.
Chora Church is actually a smaller church compared to other surviving Byzantine churches. It is divided into three area – the entrance hall, main part/hall of the churh and the side chapel. Each area tells a particular series of story of Jesus Christ, life of Mary and other stories.