Friday, January 10, 2014

Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, Valens aqueduct, and Golden Horn

The Chora Church, 413-14, became the Kariye Museum in 1948, and has some gorgeous mosaics. We didn't revisit it on the most recent trip, but it deserves inclusion in a tour of Istanbul if you have the time, as I hope these 1990 photos prove:

In 1990, we also got a brief glimpse of the Valens aqueduct, built by Roman Emperor Valens in the 4th century AD:
And we climbed the hill to the Pierre Loti Cafe (he was a French Turkophile novelist who wrote a semi-autobiographical book about Istanbul in 1879) for a look over the Golden Horn, passing an old Islamic cemetery on our walk back down:

1 comment:

ALISON said...

i love those cemeteries