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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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Best Church to see in Istanbul

I love this church. I've been several times. The ceiling shows the story of Mary in gold mosaic. It has a very interesting history. Nearby is also a place called "lovers Lane" you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

I love this church. I've been several times. The ceiling shows the story of Mary in gold mosaic. It has a very interesting history. Nearby is also a place called "lovers Lane" you can look over Istanbul it has a cute little tea room also. This place is a must see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The main hall is under renovation at the moment so it was a shame we could not access it. Amazing bit of history even though small.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The Church are in the process of being renovated, so only the entrance hall is accessible. But still they charge the FULL price of 15 TL. We could not enter the church proper. Outside, they also say that the only the NEON is closed. AND they also charge 15TL for an audio -guide!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Oh Dear ,years ago I went on a thomson cruise to the Baltic and it was wonderful ,widowed four years ago I booked to go with a female friend , arriving at the ship the amount of people waiting seemed forever , on board the cabin safe cost £15 a nice earner for thomson which having done a few cruises... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I visited here with two friends and our host. We discovered, after we paid and went inside that the only area open to public was the outer hallways. The interior part of the church was closed for remodeling/repairs/restorations. Interesting paintings and mosaics otherwise.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The Chora museum is a hidden treasure and a must see for all tourists.The mosaics are well preserved and breathtaking!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Beautiful designs and paintings. Didn't take to long to go thru it as part of it is closed for renovations. Had some great mosiacs!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

even though it was converted into a mosque, mosaics are all well preserved as they were all covered by plaster ( icons , faces are not allowed in mosques ) u can see all details virgin Mary' and Jesus Christ' life on mosaics, excellent museum to see it, from eminonu u can get bus to there or with a cab... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Chora Church is beautiful and contains some amazing mosaics which have to be seen to be believed as the detail and intricacy is amazing. However, be warned that there is currently a major reptoration programme taking place and, when we visited in February 2015, the parts of the church open to the public were extremely limited and the main... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Chora museum is a must see in istanbul with its unique mosaics. It is second to Hagia Sophia remaining from Roman times. Typical christian histories were described in the mosaics to teach the newly christian istanbul of konstantin of those times. Artistically, the mosaics give important clues about the art perception of byzantium and the architecture of the building is... More 

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