Cornucopia’s travel guide


Ayvansaray is where the Land Walls meet the Golden Horn, in the northwest corner of the walled Old City – the 'saray' is the Byzantine Blachernae Palace sacked in the Conquest of 1453. No visit to Istanbul is complete without a pilgrimage to the Kariye Camii (Church of the Chora), one of the birthplaces of Renaissance painting. But there is much more besides.