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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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Though much of the building was under renovation and not open for review, this sight was one of the most beautiful and spiritual places we visited in Istanbul. We did get there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Looks like they're still renovating. The main hall is closed and the whole outside is covered. What there is to see is impressive though. So once it's open and uncovered should be awesome. But that might take a while

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Though much of the building was under renovation and not open for review, this sight was one of the most beautiful and spiritual places we visited in Istanbul. We did get there right at the opening time so we had the advantage that it was not as crowded. How lucky for us that the mosaics and frescoes were covered with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Really worth a trip although it's slightly further up from other tourist attractions. You may need to note that the main chapel/nave is under restoration for a while, though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The mosaics in this little church tell the story of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, starting with her parents and going through her ascension. I visited it with a guide who wrote her masters thesis on the mosaics, and therefore had a fascinating glimpse of the man who sponsored the mosaics and the stories they tell. You will see a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The mosaics are some of the best you will ever see. Whilst this is away from the main sites, it is easy to get to. We walked to and from the old city and the walk alone was all part of the experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We visited and whilst there is continuing restoration, came away amazed as to the well,preserved art work from Christian times, which gas survived whilst covered with Pasteur during the Ottoman era. But it reflects brilliantly the last art work if the Byzantime era. Well worth an hour during your visit to Istanbul

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This Church/Mosque/Museum had wonderful Christian Wall paintings and mosaics depicting the life and times of Jesus and the Apostles, mainly from the 14th Century. The frescoes and mosaics were protected by wooden screens and remained intact during its time as a mosque. Now that it is a museum, the Turkish authorities are renovating the building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

we walked from the Topkapi tram station. This is a bit misleading as it is outside the northern land walls and nowhere near the Topkapi Palace. From the station, and you can catch the tram at Kabatash on the coastline near the Besiktas area, you walk along the wall, over a dual carriageway- there are traffic lights but they only... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a highly rated site to see in all guide books and even though it's a bit out of the way I thought it should be visited. Plus it's covered under the museum pass. I had read that some sections are closed for renovations but was not prepared for almost 70% being blocked off. All you could see were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Though this is a church where the frescos tell the story of Jesus' birth and infancy, I felt that this was dedicated more to Mary than Jesus himself. That's the feeling I was left with. Wonderful paintings. Avoid flash cameras. If possible carry a small stool to sit in front of each fresco. The detailing and the preservation is worth... More 

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