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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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Address: Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 631 9241
09:00 - 16:30
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Thu - Tue 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously...

The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in the western, Erdinekapı district of İstanbul. In the 16th century, the church was converted into a mosque by the Ottomon rulers, and it became a secularised museum in 1948. The interior of the building is covered with fine mosaics and frescoes.

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We couldnt imagine that be such nice. If you r in istanbul you should see this museum. Dont miss it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We couldnt imagine that be such nice. If you r in istanbul you should see this museum. Dont miss it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Take a taxi (15 minutes depending on traffic) and see the stunning mosaics. It is a small church but the quality of mosaics is better than at the Ayasofya in my opinion.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Short cab ride from old town will deliver you to this mosaic clad treasure - definately worth the effort. from here a short walk takes you to the old palaces and a section of the land wall. Take a few minutes in each room between tour groups to get a clear look at each part of the structure - before... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As most churches that weren't destroyed upon the conquer this church was converted into a mosque. It's an Orthodox church so u can tell that the inside is going to be beautifully decorated with exquisite works of art on the walls and the dome presenting the Savior and Mary mother of God.. some of the work is well preserved actually... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Chora Chruch is a bit far away from the regular attractions of Istanbul, but definitely worth the trip. We decided to go by tram and trip itself was very interesting with seeing more local parts of the city. The church itself is a bit tucked away, but finding it wasn't that hard though, especially since you can always ask... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Chora Church is in the old part of Istanbul, and it is definitely one of the most beautiful churches of the ancient ages. If you go to Istanbul, you should visit the Chora Church definitly. It is just to pity that a part of it is in restauration now. I was lucky because I saw it without restauration many... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Must see this beautiful church with extremely well kept mosaics which have stood the test of time.suggest you do it with a guide who can explain the biblical connotations of the different scenes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tucked away off the well worn tourist trail, in the Edirnekapı neighborhood of Istanbul is the Chora Museum (Church). If your visiting Istanbul and its not already on your "To do" list, time to add it. Amazing Byzantine mosaics and fresco's. The museum is well maintained with descriptions in both Turkish and English. You can save money on admission with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is not near the principal attractions but it's worth the visit. Amazing mosaics and frescos. Perfectly maintained. I couldn't leave the place. We bought a book with pictures and the explanation of each mosaic and fresco to read there as a guide and to take home as a souvenir.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Please, please visit Chora Church. It was one of our favourite places to take visitors when we lived in Istanbul and it did not disappoint. The mosaics are simply stunning and give you a very real sense of the magnificence of the Byzantine period in Istanbul. It is a breathtaking place that will move your soul. Logistically, it's not the... More 

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