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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Address: Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Phone Number: 90212 631 9241
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Ranked #9 of 1,273 things to do in Istanbul
Type: Art museums, History museums, Museums
Owner description: The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously the Chora Museum, Mosque...
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Type: Art museums, History museums, 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 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The most amazing Byzantine mosaics, rival Ayasofya. Wouldn't miss either whilst in Istanbul. A little out of the way, taxi is the easiest way to get there and not expensive

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Frescoes ,mosaics, and, wall paintings of Kariye are very well protected and fantastic. I strongly recommand to go there if Istanbul will be visited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Anastasis frescoe awaits for your visit. It's probably the best preserved one in Istanbul. I also recommend to have a Turkish style tea in the garden cafe nearby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

it's just another famous place in istanbul. just it's a bit far from main attractions visit there if you have a nothing to do day in istanbul.

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