The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora (Greek: Ἐκκλησία τοῦ Ἁγίου Σωτῆρος ἐν τῇ Χώρᾳ; Turkish: Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, Kariye Kilisesi) is a medieval Greek Orthodox Christian church preserved as the Chora Museum in the Edirnekapı neighborhood of Istanbul. The neighborhood is situated in the western part of the municipality (belediye) of the Fatih district. The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora was built in the style of Byzantine architecture. In the 16th century, during the Ottoman era, the church was converted into a mosque; it became a museum in 1945, and in 2020 it is being converted to a mosque. The interior of the building is covered with some of the oldest and finest surviving Byzantine Christian mosaics and frescoes; they were uncovered and restored after the building was secularized and turned into a museum.
The ancient Kız Bridge in central Turkey was taken apart by heavy machinery, daily Cumhuriyet reported on Aug. 19.
Locals reacted to the destruction of the 800-year-old bridge in Sivas’ Divriği district and environmental activist Güven İslamoğlu urged that the work be stopped immediately.
“An 800-year-old bridge was almost taken down. Work has been stopped,” İslamoğlu tweeted on Aug. 19.
Turkish society has turned its attention to historical monuments that have been harmed during supposed “renovations” after footage emerged of construction workers drilling into Istanbul’s iconic Galata Tower.
As parliament has discussed potential repercussions for the construction company at Galata Tower, renovation works that were controversial at the time came up.