Chora (Kariye) Museum, was built as a
church in the 14th century. Besides its attractive exterior,
the mosaics and frescoes inside are considered masterpieces
of the Byzantine "renaissance". Mosaic panels in
the two narthexes at the entrance depict the lives of the
Virgin and Christ in the chronological order described in
the Bible. The museum is located in a charming district with
old wooden houses, hotels and cafes.