Architectural Features

The building took its present form after major construction and restoration works in different periods.

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The Kariye Mosque, which looks like a simple building with its stone and brick walls when viewed from the outside, is a work of art strengthened by the mosaic decorative elements inside.

The building took its present form after major construction and restoration works in different periods.

Only the pulley of the dome of Kariye is original. The destroyed dome was made of wood and covered with plaster. The naos plan of the twelfth century was not changed in the fourteenth century and the same form was preserved. The high dome of the dome is on four short barrel vaults carried by four pillars and forming the arms of the plan. This high pulley provides light to the interior with sixteen long windows.

Kariye consists of five main architectural units. The Outer Narthex, the Inner Narthex, the Naos, the two-storey annex on the north side and the parekklesion on the south side.

At the east end of the naous, there is a bema. On both sides of the bema are domed pastophorion rooms. The main entrance to the naos is through the large portal in the centre, which opens from the inner narthex, and through a smaller door in the north, which has no counterpart on the south side. Of the pastophorion rooms on either side of the bema, the room on the north side opens directly into the bema, while the room on the south opens into the parekklesion on the south. On the south side of the naos, there is a corridor connecting the naos to the parekklesion.

The two-storey annex adjoining the north side of the Naous has longitudinal rooms with barrel vaults on each floor. The upstairs room measures 2.97m x 9.97m and the downstairs room is a passage corridor measuring 2.99m x 10.14m.

The inner narthex is located on the west side of the naos and consists of four unequal space units. The units on the south and north sides are covered with a dome, while the others are vaulted. The entrance to the inner narthex is through a large central door on the west side, opening from the outer narthex.

The outer narthex consists of five spaces of unequal size on the west side of the inner narthex, and two large space units on the south side, which merge with the additional chapel and surround the inner narthex from the south. These space units are also covered with vaults.

There are a total of eight grave arcosolia, four in the pareclesion, one on the north wall of the inner narthex, and three on the west wall of the outer narthex.

The parekklesion was built in the fourteenth century and is adjacent to the south side of the naos. Its longitudinal rectangular plan with a single nave seems to be a direct continuation of the narthex. The parekklesion consists of two adjacent square units of the same size, and a bema with a width almost the same as the nave.

The interior has an architectural integrity. The three arches, one on the east side, one in the centre and the third on the west side, and the apse and the eastern and western space units, which are separated from each other by pilasters descending to the ground by slightly protruding from the walls as an extension of these arches, do not disrupt this spatial integrity neither functionally nor visually

Dış narteks

A1 | Joseph's Dream and the Journey to Bethlehem
A2 | Registration for the Census
A3 | The Birth of Jesus
A4 | The Three Kings of the Magi
A5 | Herod's Research
A6 | The Return of the Three Kings of the Magi
A7 | The Holy Family's Flight to Egypt
A8 | The Massacre of the Innocents
A9 | The Continuation of the Massacre
A10 | The Mourning of the Mothers
A11 | The Return from Egypt to Nazareth
A12 | Elizabeth's Escape from the Massacre
A13 | Jerusalem at Passover The Visit
A14 | John the Baptist's Witness to Jesus
A15 | Jesus' Invitation to Sin
A16 | Jesus the Pantocrator
A17 | Mary of Blakhernitissa
A18 | The Miracle of the Blood
A19 | The Multiplication of the Bread
A20 | Jesus' Healing the Leper
A21 | Jesus Healing the Paralytic from Capernaum
A22 | Jesus Healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethsaida
A23 | The Samaritan Woman
A24 | Jesus Calling Zacchaeus

İç narteks

B1 | Mary's Ancestors
B2 | Zechariah's Rejection of the Offerings
B3 | Joachim's Going to the Mountain
B4 | The Good News to Anna
B5 | The Meeting of Joachim and Anna at the Golden Gate
B6 | The Birth Scene of Mary
B7 | The Seven Steps of Mary
B8 | Mary in the Embrace of Her Parents
B9 | Mary in the Temple Consecration by the Priests
B10 | Mary's Presentation to the Temple
B11 | Mary's Feeding by Gabriel
B12 | Mary's Receiving the Wool Skein
B13 | Mary's Selection of the Man to Marry
B14 | Mary's Entrustment to Joseph
B15 | Mary's Entry into Joseph's Care
B16 | Mary's The Annunciation
B17 | Mary's farewell to Joseph, who had left home
B18 | Jesus' Ancestors
B19 | The Deesis Composition
B20 | Metokithes' presentation of the model of Cariye to Jesus
B21 | St Peter
B22 | St Paul
B23 | Jesus' healing of Peter's mother-in-law
B24 | Jesus' healing of the bleeding Jesus Healing the Woman
B25 | Jesus Healing the Man with the Withered Arm
B26 | Jesus Healing the Leper
B27 | Jesus Healing the Deaf and Dumb
B28 | Jesus Healing the Sick
B29 | Jesus Healing the Two Blind Men

Naos bölümü

D1 | Anastasis
D2 | Saints of the Eastern Church
D3 | The Last Judgement
D4 | The Revelation of the Heavens
D5 | Archangel Michael
D6 | The Resurrection of the Widow's Son
D7 | The Resurrection of Jairus' Daughter
D8 | Mary of Eleoussa
D9 | The Carrying of the Ark of the Covenant
D10 | The Return of the Dead by Land and Sea
D11 | Prophet Abraham and Lazarus the Beggar
D12 | The Rich Man in Hell
D13 | Moses and the Burning Bush
D14 | The Carrying of the Sacred Objects
D15 | The Entry of the Chosen into Paradise
D16 | Solomon and the Children of Israel
D17 | Mary and the Child Jesus
D18 | The Dream of Jacob
D19 | The Punishment of Sinners
D20 | The Placing of the Ark of the Covenant in the Temple
D21 | Aaron and His Sons
D22 | The Angel Who Killed the Assyrians
D23 | The Blessing of the Souls of the Righteous
D24 | Melchisedec