It's a bit out of the way if you are staying in the Sultanahmet or Taksim part of Istanbul. But the moscaics and frescoes are top notch and worth the extra time required to visit. I learned alot about how frescoes are done. More importantly, the frescoes in the newer part of this church are some of the earliest examples of perspective and 3-dimensionality in paintings; it may be argued that the renassiance in art started in Constantinople and was carried to other parts of Europe. I would put this on the short list of must sees, right after Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi palace
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