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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
90212 631 9241
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Ranked #8 of 646 attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Friends raved about this church and it was impressive. However, we probably would have skipped it if we were more pressed for time. A large part was under construction. It is not part of the MuseumCard so an extra fee is required. It is hard to get there by public transport so taxi was really the efficient way to go.... More

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Canberra, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Most of it is closed for renovations. Certainly the big ticket items. Yet they still charge 15 lira to get in. Would not recommend it until all the renovations are finished. Just not worth the effort at the moment as it is quite out of the way.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Historic. Cannot describe how impressive the restoration has been. The early Christian church has unbelievable mosaics. Worth trekking to..we took the trams, transferring once both ways. And then walked 20 min, past part of the western wall. Very easy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Locates in one of the oldest district in Istanbul, Edirnekapı. It is not close to any other tourist attractions but by it self it is a value. It used to be a Byzantine church from the 13th c. and turned up into a museum. The mosaic works inside is amazing. The main dome is under construction at the moment.

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Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

When we visited a major renovation was going on and most of the rooms were closed for that. However if you have museum pass it's worth to visit.

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Sarnia, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The Chora Church was under renovations when we visited and until it is completed it is not worth the time and cost to visit.

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La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

The Chora Church is not on most organized tours but definitely worth a trip to see the wonderful mosaics. Unfortunately, there was a very limited amount of the church opened as there is extensive restoration work currently being done. After visiting the Chora take a walk along the top of the Old City Walls for a great view of Istanbul.

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We were unlucky, most part of the church were under restoration and closed. We could see only the corridor. But however, it's worth going.

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Denville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Many people miss this amazing church being a bit out of the way and not much to do there after seeing this site. Don't be fooled, it is worth your while. Take a taxi and asked to be dropped in front of it. For me the mosaics there are better than the one in Santa Sophia and the energy very... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The second best mosaics I saw (the best were those in the Zeugma Museum, Gaziantep-Turkey). Although we could see only few mosaics it worth pushing the stroller up the hills for more than 30 min. I strongly recommend getting there by a taxi as there is nothing interesting on the way to the church. I also recommend eating at the... More

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