Day 2 Turkey - Some wonderful sites

Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
Trip End Oct 25, 2010

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Friday, October 15, 2010

This is the entry for my second day in Instanbul - in addition to the church and mosque I also visited the spice market which is similar to Grand Bazaar but specializes in spices and has also expanded into other things


Chora church is famous for its beautiful mosaics depicting the life of Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, as well as other attractive frescoes from the 11th century, and are some of the most well preserved from the Roman era in all Turkey...There is no longer any evidence of the church which was built originally under this name along the Golden Horn. The existing church was built in the 11th century and was remodeled in the 12th century. Two hundred years later, it received a further remodeling following the Latin occupation, which saw the inner narthex rebuilt and the addition of an outer narthex. In the early 16th century, it was converted to a mosque, but now serves as a museum. In the church, there are beautiful mosaics depicting the life of Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, as well as many attractive frescoes. In fact, these are the most well preserved mosaics and frescoes from the Roman era in Turkey.


The Eyüp Sultan Mosque is situated in the district of Eyüp on the European side of Istanbul, near the Golden Horn, outside the Walls of Constantinople. Built in 1458, it was the first mosque constructed by the Ottoman Turks following their conquest of Constantinople in 1453.[citation needed]The mosque rises next to the place where Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (TurkishEyüp Sultan), the standard-bearer of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, is said to have been buried during the Arab assault on Constantinople in 670. His tomb is greatly venerated by Muslims, attracting many pilgrims. Some of the personal belongings of Muhammad are preserved in the tomb

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