Once a Church, then a Mosque and now a museum, the Chora Church was our destination this afternoon. The main body of the building, the Naos, is currently closed for restoration. Still, that didn’t stop us enjoying the wonder of these 14th century Byzantine mosaics and frescos that we were able to see.
Here’s just a taste of what’s there when you look up and around.
We got to choose our own lunch.
and were entertained by other fish lovers.
Back in town, we mastered the art of buying a Istanbul card for the transit systems.
then made our way to Taksim where we discovered this place of sweet beauty – Hasif Mustafa.
Everyone was out and about on this Friday night, the day after Turkey’s National Day and two days before an election.
After dinner, between the funicular and tram rides home, we walked across Galata Bridge while men fished in view of the New Mosque.