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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
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Ranked #7 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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Pleasant Hill, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

I was so looking forward to seeing this Church with the mosaic ceilings so I was very disappointed that the main church was closed. Their wasn't any notifications until you went inside and no one explained anything. Very dissapointing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

watch your backpack and purse and all your belongings. not a pretty part of town but worth the visit. the workers have been on this site for some time but it is worth a trip inside to see the tiny tiny mosaic's that have been pieced together. all a work of art.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

The Chora Church is currently undergoing renovation but, in spite of some areas being closed, there was still plenty to see to make this a “Wow!” visit – wonderful Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. Being a small church, you get so close to the mosaics. It's well worth getting the audio-guide to learn about what you're looking at because there are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This church its out of the touristic center, so make sure to get a cab to go and another one to come back! I've got a bus on the way back and almost get roubed! My "lucky" was that I found a Police man on the way,.... But the mosaics deserve your time!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

First of all, this "museum" is COMPLETELY outside of the city center. I needed to take a tram and then a bus and then walk forever in an area that was not as pleasent as you may expect! It is super difficult to find and at the end, you finish visiting it in less than ten minutes! Is just a... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

One of the more difficult museums to find (and not in a nice neighborhood) Kariye is a stunning example of Byzantine mosaic and frescos. Minuscule when compared to the Hagia Sofia but far far better preserved.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We combined a visit here with one to the old city wall which you can easily travel to by tram. The church is hard to find so make sure you take a map- we met lots of lost travellers searching for it. Although part was closed for renovation, there are so many beautiful mosaics in excellent condition to make the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This site contains one of the world's finest collections of Byzantine frescoes and mosaics. They are in superb condition.

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This museum is a bit off the beaten path, but worth a visit. It is well preserved, and beautiful. Just a few blocks away is the old city wall.

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Sydney Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Kariye museum is a must see but potential visitors should be made aware that the museum is in the process of restoration and that only a section will be available for visitors. What is open is amazing as photos will attest to but for 50 TL or just over $20 US it is hardly value especially compared to the... More

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