This post is part 9 of 17 of my trip to Istanbul. The series intends to give more than just a I-saw-this-and-did-that review. It aims to share the voice inside my head as I explore a world I’ve only read in books.
On the fourth day of my Istanbul trip there was no sun and no morning haze. JC and I went upstairs to the terrace and claimed our usual table. It was a chilly morning and the rain drizzled on my breakfast. By the time we were ready to leave the hotel, it was a waterfall outside. The Putin-looking manager at the front desk to call a cab for us. We thought the day would be a well spent hiding out in the Chora Church. Unfortunately, so did every single tourist in Istanbul. All of Istanbul seem to have come to the Chora Church to hide out from the rain.
The Chora Church (pronounced Cora) is located in the Edirnekapi district of Istanbul. It is a small Byzantine church that was converted into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. The interior is plastered with beautiful mosaics and frescoes. They extended from wall to ceiling. Everything was above eye level for me. I was forced to crank my head to a 90 degree angle to appreciate the beauty. I appreciated it well until I started getting dizzy from spinning around in an attempt to take pictures, which constricted blood circulation to my head. Below are a few images from the church: