Restoring Byzantium

The Kariye Camii in Istanbul and the Byzantine Institute Restoration

Tuesday, 13 April–Saturday, 12 June 2004

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery presents an exhibition featuring the scholarly rediscovery and restoration of one of the most impressive Byzantine monuments to survive in the modern city of Istanbul: the church of the Chora Monastery, better known by its Turkish name Kariye Camii. Founded probably as early as the sixth century, rebuilt in the late eleventh and early twelfth century, and splendidly restored by the Byzantine humanist, poet, and later prime minister Theodore Metochites between 1316 and 1321, the church of the Chora Monastery is today considered an 'icon' of Late Byzantine art and architecture.


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