The Kariye Museum (Chora Church)

On Monday we met our friend Andrea Lemieux, a former IREX, colleague for lunch and a visit to one of her favorite places in Istanbul. The Kariye Museum (Chora Church).  Constantine built it outside the walls of Constantinople, although this version of the church was erected by Justinian.  The Turks made it a mosque, plastering over the artwork, but in 1945 it became a museum.  … Continue reading The Kariye Museum (Chora Church)

Istanbul, 2010

This is a letter I wrote during a trip to Istanbul from Belgrade, where we lived.  The Pictures are street scenes from Istanbul. There are other posts that feature the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Markets, the Topkapi Palace, and Shulyman Mosque June 28, 2010 Dear Friends, Coming to Turkey is like visiting the home office for the Balkans.  The food, architecture, and even some of the … Continue reading Istanbul, 2010