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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8 | Karagümrük, Fatih, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
+90 212 631 92 41
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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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Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8 | Karagümrük, Fatih, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Fener & Balat
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+90 212 631 92 41
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you’re interested in Catholic or Christian history, Kariye museum would be a perfect place for you. The main attraction in Kariye are the mosaic art and wall paintings. And all of them are depicting Jesus, Maria and saints. The mosaic art are amazing. However,...More

Thank Christineshulin
Reviewed 5 days ago

This little museum is litterally a gem. The mosaics inside are exceptionally well kept, spread around walls, vaults and ceilings. The colours are vibrant and the expressions of the faces are so realistic. The first mosaic about the story of the mother of Virigin Mary...More

Thank Francesca R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't believe we waited until the last day of our vacation in Istanbul to see this wonder of a Byzantine Church...Stunningly beautiful mosaic frescos adorn the interior of this ancient and quite holy place..it is located on the outskirts of the original City of...More

Thank ValTCanada
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went today, paid the $30 Lira entrance fee (4 of us so paid $120 Lira in total) only to find that 80% of the museum is closed for renovation (not accessible at all). We should have been told of this! When we enquired, the lady...More

Thank Uy F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Kariye Camii preserves one of the finest and most extensive cycles of Later Byzantine mosaic and fresco decoration recounting the lives of the Virgin Mary and Christ. The mosaic-work is the finest example of the Palaeologian Renaissance. Around fifty years after the fall of...More

Thank jill f
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chora Church or the Kariye Museum as it is now called is on the outskirts of the original city of Constantinople (Istanbul). Of course over the centuries the city has grown and now this Museum is part of Istanbul itself. Kariye Museum is accessed via...More

Thank Madhu N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As of January 2018 only an small portion of the biulding is open due to restoration work, that will take probably the rest of the year. Work is been done by stages allowing visitors to see a little bit of the frescos. So as today...More

4  Thank gatocanada
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Chora Church is a must see landmark in Istanbul. Take bus 99 from Eminonou, approx 10 stations ( please recheck the bus number, for it may had changed). The church has interesting representations of Saint Mary and saints, representations which I had not seen...More

Thank Irina G
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

Not sure why they have kept it open since one gets to see only a very small portion of the building with the ongoing renovation work. Especially since this museum is not located near other key attractions, so making a long trip just to see...More

2  Thank Chetna K
Reviewed 13 December 2017

A must see when trying to visit more than just the top tourist highlights of the city. Wonderfully kept (and currently being resorted), compact church with unique mosaics and frescoes, and its own very Istanbul-specific history. Don't forget to stroll down to the city centre...More

Thank SbmNwj
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This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of
Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community,
the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and
some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art
in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to
witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving
ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene
shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
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s m
17 March 2016|
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Response from FatihMehmetCelebi | Reviewed this property |
According to the website (In Turkish) the museum is open everyday. Winter from 09:00 - 16:30 Summer from 09:00 - 19:00 The price is 15 TL (4.90 EUR). Enjoy, you will love it! Hope the renovations are done though.
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zain j
12 January 2016|
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Response from kamalilahi |
February is cold in turkey. I suggest 7 to 8 days in Istanbul ( as there is ample to do there). You can take a days trip to Bursa; A night in Cappadocia (if both places fascinate you OR two nights in Antalya (stay in... More
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Larry C
28 October 2015|
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Response from barbara s | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I am visiting California at the moment but did get the book when in turkey this summer. I can try to see what is there but won't be home till Sunday. Is that too late? If not then email me and I will look when I get... More
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