I am really fortunate not to miss this church. This church has a long history and exquisite architecture. What's more worth seeing is the frescoes in it, whether they are well preserved or incomplete, they are all very delicate.More
Mosaics and frescos are amazing. Mosaics show the story of Jesus, and also the life of Mary. Well worth a taxi ride!
The Chora Church houses the most impressive collection of Byzantine mosaics in Istanbul. Be sure to come armed with biblical knowledge or a guide, because there are hundreds of motifs adorning the walls that are all the more impressive when one can pick them out. The church structure mostly dates from the 11th century, and the mosaics to the 13th. The second hall has a unique story line of the Virgin Mary’s life. Prepare to be awed.
Beautiful small church with wonderfully preserved mosaics and frescos. It's a bit of a jaunt out to it but well worth the effort. Bring a guidebook or two or you can spring for the audio guide as there are so many details you can miss otherwise. It can get crowded at certain times of the day due to tours but it's easy enough to find a spot to stand in and wait until everyone else moves on. Transportation wise, I took Tram 1 to Tram 4 (change at Topkapi) and got off at Edirnekapi and it was an easy 4 minute walk. I ended up taking the bus back but as they didn't announce stops I was glad I took the tram there. One of the few Istanbul attractions I went to that I would repeat for sure!