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Thomas Whittemore has been chipping away plaster walls off for 14 years.

September 26, 2009

From Time –  Jan. 27, 1947, Glory be to God, who hath thought me worthy to accomplish so great a work; 1 have vanquished thee, O Solomon! T...

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A place not to miss in Istanbul: Chora Museum

April 3, 2011

  Many tourists begin to visit Turkey in April, and from then on you can bet that every month throughout the summer numbers will increase. Touris...

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Visions of Byzantium

December 28, 2010

The exhibition, Vaults of Heaven Visions of Byzantium, presents a series of extraordinary ultra-large-scale photographs, many over six-feet tall, by t...

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Byzantine encounter in Istanbul

May 15, 2011

John Brunton, The Guardian, Saturday Istanbul is one of those destinations that guarantees a shock to the system, a seething metropolis that is a chao...

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The Christian Past of Istanbul

February 21, 2016

  The Chora Museum, also known as Kariye Müzesi, is an oddball site in Istanbul. It pre-dates Islam, but is located in one of the city’s most con...

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Chora Church, while was using as masque

February 21, 2017

Black and white photo from the era Chora Church were using as masque, 19th century

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Chora Church, Kariye Museum (Kariye Müzesi)

July 10, 2009

The Chora Museum (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, or Kariye Kilisesi — the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most be...

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Cerrahpasa a forgotten corner of old Istanbul

June 9, 2010

In a city the size of İstanbul it’s hardly surprising that people can live here for decades and still not have visited every part of it. What is...

History

Chora Architecture

March 27, 2009

The early fourteenth century rebuilding of the Chora included the reconstruction of the naos dome and the pastophoria, as well as the addition of a tw...

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Drama in the Round

March 31, 2009

by Robert Ousterhout, author of The Art of the Kariye Camii Article with historic photgraphs published in Cornucopia 27 The dramatic mosaics and fresc...

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Paul Atkins Underwood

April 1, 2009

Date born: 1902 Place Born: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico Date died: 1968 Place died: Knoxville, TN Byzantinist and Dumbarton Oaks scholar. Underwood’s...

History

Thomas Whittemore

March 31, 2009

In 1948, Thomas Whittemore (1871 – 1950) and Paul A. Underwood, from the Byzantine Institute of America and the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzant...

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Discovering the Greek side of Istanbul

September 16, 2009

That Istanbul is a real treasure chest for history, art and architecture freaks is no secret. Its colorful mosaic of historical city structures —...

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The Deisis, Supplication, Mother of God.

October 23, 2009

Walk through the door of the Chora Monastery Museum and you step back in time. One-thousand-four-hundred-seventy-three years, to be exact, when Chora ...

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Theodore Metochites and the Chora

March 27, 2009

Complexity appears more important than monumentality in the architecture of the Kariye, and in the hierarchy of function each unit is clearly defined ...

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Byzantine heritage between 1204 and 1453

November 2, 2009

During the XIIth century the emperors of the Comnenus dynasty revived the strength of the Byzantine Empire. After the death of Manuel I in 1180, a ser...

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Chora Church Museum

September 15, 2009

The building, known today known as the Kariye (Chora) Museum, was built on the site of the Chora Monastery. “Chora” means “outside the city” or “count...

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From church to mosque: İstanbul’s forgotten Byzantine heritage

August 25, 2009

Is it a church? Is it a mosque? Is it a museum? Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom) may be one of İstanbul’s most famous build...

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Chora Church (Kariye Museum)

July 2, 2009

The Kariye Museum (Church of the Holy Savior in Chora, Chora Church) has the best Byzantine mosaics in the region. If you can spare two hours, you mus...

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Palace of the Porphyrogenitus

July 2, 2009

The Palace of the Porphyrogenitus or of Constantine Porphyrogenitus (Turkish: Tekfur Sarayı, which means “Palace of the born in the purple”...

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Times readers’ underrated destinations of the world – Kariye Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

April 24, 2009

Istanbul is long known as a city endowed with layer upon layer of cultural riches dating from ancient times. But beyond the obvious sites in the Old C...

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Anastasis

April 14, 2009

Photo © Pierre Metivier

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The Last Judgment

April 14, 2009

  Fresco of the Last Judgment Photo © Charles Roffey

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