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

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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Fantastic tile frescoes.

Yes, worth the distance to find this jewel. And eat lunch outside in the patio restaurants adjacent.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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San Francisco, California

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Yes, worth the distance to find this jewel. And eat lunch outside in the patio restaurants adjacent.

Thank Rochelle K
County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This former Church is now a museum. The mosaics and wall frescos of Christ and of Mary are outstanding. You would need to return a number of times to appreciate the richness of this heritage and to enjoy the biblical scenes portrayed.The mosaics are stunning, and so well preserved, they look as if they had been created recently.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the nicest (and less visited) former churches in Istanbul. I have visited a couple of times and there is always a different section undergoing renovation. I would give it a 4/5 when I can see the whole place without renovation scaffolding

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Early images of Christ give us an idea of how he may have looked. It is a charming, quiet, small church that has survive for centuries.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Chora church / museum is in its current incarnation nearly 800 years old. When istanbul was captured by e the conqueror it was converted into a mosque, with the bell tower converted into a minaret and the extensive medieval art whitewashed and sometimes destroyed. When turkey became a a republic 90 years ago, it was converted into a museum. Many... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Thsi is a wonderful church. It is worth the effort to get to it - you can go by ferry or metro and taxi, but go.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Much of this church was closed for renovations and the audio guide presentation was very difficult to follow

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When you compare the mosques to the Chora Church, the latter is not even in the same league. The mosques are huge and are free. The Chora Church is small and charges way too much for what is there. The frescoes are nice, but we felt cheated. The inside of the church was undergoing renovations. So, you could not enter... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

he Chora Museum, Mosque, or Church) is a former Byzantine church, later Ottoman mosque, and current museum in the Edirnekapı neighborhood of Istanbul.[1] The neighborhood is situated in the western part of the municipality (belediye) of the Fatih district. In the 16th century, during the Ottoman era, the church was converted into a mosque, before becoming a museum in 1948.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took us thirty minutes to get to Kariye Museum from Sultanahmet. The location is not very well serviced by public transportation so a taxi is your best bet. We went with high expectations and undoubtedly, whatever little we saw was beautiful! But it was too much effort for just seeing three halls that are currently open. Also, getting a taxi... More 

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