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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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Great old byzantine site but under renovation

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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 2 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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Long Island, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 4 days ago NEW

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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Gurgaon, India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Annandale, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We really enjoyed the Chora Church. The mosaics and paintings are beautiful and touring the church in the morning before most tourists arrive is a very peaceful and moving experience. But be aware that significant portions of the church are currently closed for restoration. We didn't realize just how much we had missed until we later read a beautifully illustrated... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a place that too many people that visit Istanbul on a package tour don't know about it. I read about it and made plans to visit. It is a jewel ! The frescos of this Catholic Church are amazing. One of a kind. They even asked me how did I find out about this place. There is a... More 

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Hervey Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chora Church was included on our tour from the cruise ship and I am so glad that we had a very knowledgeable guide who had written a book about the church. He was also a lecturer from the University so he was able to bring alive many stories from ancient Christian times that I had never heard. You definitely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably the greatest number of Christian frescoes in Istanbul outside of Agha Sophia. A bit of a trek as outside the old city walls. Just a street away are steps up to the top of the old city walls - a good viewpoint. Cafes and gift shops nearby. Under reconstruction externally when we visited, but still tremendous interior.

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