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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Address: Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Phone Number: 90212 631 9241
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Ranked #7 of 504 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

It is the best ancient church I have even seen in Turkey. It is worth take half day to see all the details. If you can hear every painting's story will be better.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This building is undergoing renovation/restoration with large nets to control birds hung about 15 feet above the floor. The interior is practically stripped with no significant religious art on display. Our guide stated the space is used occasionally as a musical venue.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

but far away from the center in an area in which you have to care a little bit, go by taxi; incredible mosaics, to be seen one by one with a good guide

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Mosaics and painings partly very well preserved; site in restauration process, it is now not possible to see the navis, but still great place to visit. After the visit walk down to Balat and Fener, wonderful aerea!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

One of our favourite experiences in Istanbul, we combined it with a visit to the Theodosian city Walls which may be viewed only a couple of blocks away. This is not a vast site, so an hour or so inside the church is sufficient.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

what a beautful little chuch ! the most impressie frescos I have seen - some still being restored, but stunningly beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It is far away, but it sure worth a visit! Considered as one of the best example of a byzantine church. Most of the mosaics are very well preserved. I also liked walking around this area. It is residential with the old city walls along the edge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Close to the walls of the city, and some of the more out of the way streets, Byzantine palaces and views, so worth walking around a bit as well as visiting the church.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This would easily get 5 stars normally... but it was frustrating that so much of the museum is closed right now, especially given the entrance price is steep. But the frescoes and mosaics are absolutely stunning and part of the cultural patrimony of mankind, so how do you put a star rating on that?

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The Chora Church is small but beautiful. The mosaics are perhaps the most interesting in Istanbul. When we visited there was major work going on, so we were able to see only the front section of the church, but just that was definitely worth the trip. We were there on a Saturday, and while there were a number of people... More

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