Take No. 87 from the underground bus stop at Taksim Square to the Kola Church on the west side of the old city of Istanbul. Mosaic mosaics here are no less exquisite. The most beautiful mosaics are at the top of the door leading to the center of the inner front porch. After reading this, I feel like I have come back without looking at the mosaic.
There is a bus from the dock. This is a small church, but it has beautiful mosaic murals, all from the Bible. Tickets are 15 lira/person. All churches in Turkey are not free because they have been turned into museums! On the contrary, the mosques here are all free! How unpopular Christianity is here! When we went there, the church was under renovation, but we could see its original appearance faintly. In fact, it was very beautiful!
Although it's just a small church with a humble appearance, the mosaic of Byzantium inside is dazzling enough. The figure's gaze at you makes you feel peaceful. Although I'm not a believer, I've been sitting there for a long time. It's a unique feeling accompanied by art and religion. Even if there are visitors walking around, you can find inner peace there.
The Byzantine church is said to have been built earlier than the old city wall 400 years ago, but the exact record is from the eighth century, and then destroyed and rebuilt repeatedly. The earliest part of the existing church is the thirteenth century, during which murals and mosaics mosaics were mosaic mosaics. It also went through a similar process in St. Sophia's Cathedral, which turned into mosques and museums, so it's also called the Kariye Museum.
Mosaic mosaics have always been the focus of Byzantine art, and Istanbul, once called Constantinople, is the focus of this focus. I bought a five-day pass to the museum and backed up to the museum. It's really a worthwhile trip. The holy picture here is relatively complete and amazing!!! Museum staff are excellent in quality and fluent in English. Because of the museum card, we can get a 9% discount on books. It's nice to show us how to get to the next Museum and what kind of car to take.
Strongly recommended! Although it is far from the central area, it can be reached by subway and then by foot. Along the way, it can climb up the ancient city wall and see the representative red roof of Istanbul. Although the exterior of the church was maintained when I went, the interior frescoes can only be described with exquisite elegance. If you know something about Christianity, it will be more interesting to visit. There was a souvenir shop outside the church. The brick paintings inside were so beautiful that I carried several pieces home.
Quite an amazing example of Byzantine churches and artwork. The church originally stood outside the 4th century walls of Constantine the Great, however when Theodosius II built his land walls the church was included. Sometime during the 16th century the church was turned into a mosque. Then in 1945 was turned into a museum. Thankfully the beautiful mosaics inside have survived through all of this. It's a little difficult to get to, but a 20 lira taxi should get you there fine. The church is surrounded by a gorgeous garden and high brick walls, you don't even feel like you are in Istanbul anymore; you've been transported to the byzantine countryside. Not as large as other Byzantine churches that can be found in Istanbul, it outdoes them in it's interior beauty. I won't ruin the surprise, but it is truly an incredible little church that you must see!
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!