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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: 90212 631 9241
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Description: 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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Absolutely beautiful - don't miss it!

This small museum, formerly a church, has the most amazingly beautiful mosaics of Christ's life and Mary's life. One of my favorites was of Mary as a toddler taking her first... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This small museum, formerly a church, has the most amazingly beautiful mosaics of Christ's life and Mary's life. One of my favorites was of Mary as a toddler taking her first steps. Best way to get there is by taxi since it is a little out of the way, but it is absolutely worth your trouble to get there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

If you love mosaics (or just want a jaunt away from the busier tourist areas) you MUST go to this museum. The mosaics are stunning. A few tips -- if you are going in the summer, bring a fan. It gets very hot in there -- bring a guide or a guidebook (we had Rick Steves). The mosaics are pictorial... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

It is definitely a taxi ride away from most hotels or other sites. From the little we could see, the mosiacs were beautiful. Smaller than other churches.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

It is a great joy to view Byzantine churches as they were centuries ago. Chora is now a museum, but there is the chance to see original mosaics, Byzantine craftsmen masterfully executed. Wednesday is closed. The local name is Kariye Müzesi and it is about 10-15 minutes walk from the church Vlaherne

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The church is awesome. You will love the frescos of that church. Especially you will love fresco of Anastasis.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Truly beautiful place out near the city's Western walls. Worth a trip - even if you get a cab (we walked from the Spice Bazaar but that might not be for everyone!) The mosaics and frescoes are sublime and many people miss this treasure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Must be one of the most important sites in Istanbul - as well as underrated. It isn't that difficult to find - on foot is better in my opinion , even though the surrounding area isn't really a spectacle. Well you've probably heard all about the mosaics, and yes they're all true. Even if you don't care about the mosaics... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The best way to get to this museum/church is by taxi and then you should walk down the hill back to the downtown part. The building is currently under renovation so you cannot see the exterior. Also the nave is closed for repairs as well. The main frescos/mosaics are in the other alcoves of the church with the must-see in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The church is currently receiving a roof. A complete metal structure is currently built above and around the Church. This is considered the jewel of Istanbul, with the mosaics of Deiisis and Jesus in the Pronaos. The mosaics were made after the reconquest of 1261 and have shades and perspective. Unique masterpieces of art! Currently though, because of the restoration,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Very different from other mosques and churches we visited. Lots of history. Small area in which to view mosaics, which can be very crowded.

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