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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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Vry interesting place for tourists from Catholic countries and who interesting history or art, nice mosaics and wall paints

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Vry interesting place for tourists from Catholic countries and who interesting history or art, nice mosaics and wall paints

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

small müze you can go there just its hard to find this place and expensive too in istanbul müze all very expensive we really dont like it this...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This museum is most interesting/fascinating/informative/beautiful (I run out of superlatives). The mosaics and frescoes on the ceilings and walls follow the life of Mary and Jesus. Did you know that Mary came from an affluent family? I took as many or more pictures here than any other site in Istanbul. What a wonderful treasure.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This church is really historical with nice mosaics. What I really love is its historical atmosphere. One might be able to see how Christianity in the ancient days. Besides the famous Hagia Sophia, this one is a must-visit in Istanbul. Definitely recommended. PS: The only thing that makes me not giving five stars is the renovation blocked many parts of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

As the taxi drive who brought us here was the worst of all the cheats,the time here was the precise corrective. Your hotel, or guidebook, reports that this church/museum is undergoing renovation. There is still much to be seen ( the guide here is wonderful) and perhaps the most beautiful, intimate place in Istanbul ( in it's own way, like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

one of the less known hidden pearls of Istanbul must see place I love the mosaics and still today doesnt matter how many years passed the colors of the marbles amazed me which are very rare and unique the architecture the art the smartness will amaze you more than todays tech.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a bit out of the way from the main part of Istanbul, but it can be reached by public transportation; we used taxis and that is what we would recommend. It is now just a museum and located in a residential area. The taxi had to drop us off about 1-2 blocks from it; the bus stop was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Apart from the fact that the central hall is not open for visiting as it is undergoing restoration, you can still see 70 percent of the IMPRESSIVE bizantine mosaics and frescos. This is included in the 5 days Museum Card, and they offer you an audioguide if you're interested. Be warned, the place is not very easy to find, cause... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Chora museum's interior looks like a giant picture book. This feature makes the museum unique in the world. It was aimed to teach religion in public through these mosaics depicting Jesus and Mary’s life when literacy is not widespread among Christians.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Splendid example of Byzantine artwork! Constructed as Chora Monastery outside the Constantine walls (IV century) its original name was Church of the Holy Saviour in the Field, and this is why it is still with this name since "Chora" means countryside. Formerly Ortodox Christian Church, and after a mosque, they covered this incredible mosaics and frescoes with plaster, that, after... More 

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