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Address: Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Phone Number: 90212 631 9241
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Thu - Tue 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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Great example of a Byzantium church

Charming unusual little church with lovely mosaics and paintings. Unfortunately, when we went in May, it was partially under restoration, so you couldn't go into the nave. Get the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Charming unusual little church with lovely mosaics and paintings. Unfortunately, when we went in May, it was partially under restoration, so you couldn't go into the nave. Get the audioguide, it's better than most. it's a little out of the way, so pair it with a visit to the nearby city walls. There's also a charming little art store around... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The outside of the church is currently covered with scaffolds and a roof. On the inside, you can not see the main area of the church, just the surrounding rooms. The mosaics and frescoes you can see are still magnificent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I am so disappointed that the church was under construction when we went in November 2014. The sanctuary was closed off, so I know we missed some of the mosaics in there. However, the quality and beauty of the mosaics is unrivaled. They are stunning! We did have to walk a bit to find a taxi after we left, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The Chora Museum is undergoing renovation at the moment...the 15TL admission fee you pay is for a really small area, but it is beautiful and the mosaic works are just extraordinary .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Currently undergoing renovations which is always good to preserve such wonderful and splendid Byzantine Mosaics. Yes it is unfortunately out of the main touristy area. We took the T1 from Sultanahmet to Topkapi station and changed to T4 line to Edirnekapi. We asked the security gentleman at the station for directions and he gave us a flyer from a stand... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The Chora Church is a little out of the way compared to the other sites in Istanbul, but absolutely worth the journey. First off, in visiting you get to see a part of Istanbul that many tourists often miss. While visiting the Chora Chruch, my boyfriend and I walked through the neighborhoods and quiet streets that were largely residential, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Try to walk around the exterior first to get an idea of the full impact of its architecture. Striped marble, six domes, arches, rooflines and a minaret at the side. You enter through the side door and the majority of the lovely mosaics are in the alcoves of the porches. Twenty mosaics depict the life of the Virgin Mary in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a real history! It is located in Fatih which is an easy accessible point. If you visit Istanbul, this museum should be in your visiting list.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This was right next to my hotel, so I walked about 30-50 meters and there I was. Its it being renovated in three stages. So in May 2015 then main room was closed. The two main halls were open with all their beautiful mosaics from the Byzantine Christian times. This is a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

However it was not easy to find a way there, I think I used few buses to get there, great mosaics covering the whole space worth the long trip. however I would not say its a must see for someone being for the first time in Istanbul - so much off the regular touristic sites- which is an advantage indeed..

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Address: Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Phone Number: 90212 631 9241
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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