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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
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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

This church is well off the beaten track. We walked along the remains of the old wall and went there as a side trip. We passed a mosque along the way (Mihrimah Sultan Mosque) and went inside. It was far more interesting and beautiful than the Chora Church and it was free! I don't know why they call the church... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This is a fabulous example of Byzantine art and is remarkable. Make sure you see this! Its not that hard to get to and is worth the effort. You don't need a tour. Its really lovely

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately, it is under renovation.. and probably will be until the early 2015. Don't go there until then because it is very hard to reach and there is not much to see.. The area where it is located is quite unfriendly.. I advise to go there by a taxi or by a bus, not by foot.. I think that the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The Chora Church isn't easy to find. It is of the beaten track from the main sites of Istanbul but it is a well worth journey. My first impression was I was looking at a church dedicated to the nativity or the birth of Jesus Christ, but some of the mosaics were not all that right. It was half a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I had little expectation about this site. I had always thought that the most breathtaking part of my Istanbul trip would be the mosques, specifically Blue Mosque (it is lovely, btw) but this church was just as beautiful if not more so in some ways. First off, it's a little bit off the beaten path, meaning it isn't situated in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Magnificent church. Although because maintenance at the main part of it we did not enjoy our tour. If we did not have bought the museum card I do not think it will be worth to pay the price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

No matter the religion that you believe, this church shows the perfect tiles uncover under a tick layer of plaster as a master piece, from times where the catholic church ruled in the old Constatinople, it is impossible to describe such beauty, even the photos cannot show what the eyes can see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Walls and ceilings covered in frescos and mosaics which will take your breath away. A bit out of the way, but if you go to anywhere in Istanbul this has to be the place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

this is an abosolutely fantastic chuch, the reliefs on the the ceilings and walls contain so much colour still, it`s amazing and so much detail. well worth the trek out to and you can aso see the walls of the city from where the great battle took place, nearby there is a panorama museum which explains the battle of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Hard to find, but worth the effort. The museum is undergoing a major restoration with only a third of it open, but it's still worth the visit. Rent the headphones and skip a docent-guided tour. it's many times difficult to understand the docent's accent, but you can easily replay the headphones.

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