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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The church was under restoration and we could only see a portion of it, but it was worthwhile to go there as it was better than Hagia Sophia in terms of detail, but smaller in size.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The church is ticked in a residential neighborhood, so it's a bit tricky to find, but it's definitely worth the trip! The mosaics and frescos are far beyond anything you will see at St./Aya Sophia. Yes, the main church was closed for renovation, but better see some than none. Don't miss!

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The church of St Saviour in Chora is not in the main tourist area (Sultanahmet) but is well worth a visit for its glittering Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. Although the staff at our hotel advised us to travel there by taxi, we decided to try and get there under our own steam at a fraction of the cost. We took... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

One of the great treasures of Istanbul and less visited than other major sites. The intimate setting and the preservation of these mosaics make for a most beguiling experience. Follow the sequence of scenes around walls and ceilings of the various rooms close up. They were all made in a short period around 1320 (the time of Giotto) and exude... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This church dates back to 300-500 AD and has been modified in the years after. I heard quite some good stories about this church and the photo's looked really cool. Although it is a bit further away from the city center we decided to go to this church. One big hall was being renovated but I think the other parts... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Some of the stories represented in the mosaics and frescos are easily identified, but some taken from popular (at the time) apocryphal gospels not included in the standard New Testament editions and therefore a detailed guidebook or audio guide is a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Ancient mosaics that depict the early life of Mary. Cafe next door is quaint and quiet. Worth the trek.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

FYI - currently under reconstruction, Closed on Wednesdays, limited viewing, am sure it will be great when fully restored, will have to go to Istanbul again, travelling there with public transport is a bit of a trek but do-able if your guide books says take a bus from Taksim squire, the bus station is underground, it isn't really a station... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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