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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 642 attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This was an humbling experience. The art is incredible - but it was more of a spiritual experience for us. Not easy to get to - but worth the effort. We took a taxi to the church and then walked back after touring the nearby City Walls. If you are on a package tour that does not include this Church/Museum... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is quite a find. Beautiful and with much historical significance. Really cute part of town where you can sit have a nice meal accross from the church.

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Tillsonburg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Absolutely breathtaking almost a magical experience. You cannot miss this attraction! Dr. Mohamed Abdalla Tillsonburg

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The Kariye museum = the church of Jesus Christ the Savior in Chora (= in the country, outside the Constantinean walls of the fortified city), is a bit out of the way but well worth the effort. The most convenient way to get here is by the number 4 tram (connect to it at the Topkapi station, where you can... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Having visited Istanbul several times I was looking for a less busy attraction to visit in the heart of the city. I chose the Chora Museum based on previous reviews and I wasn't disappointed. If you love mosaics, it is not to be missed as the amount of detail is spectacular. I was with a local guide whose knowledge of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Getting there is part of a culturally authentic experience and great fun. We took the Big Bus blue tour, and got off at the 2nd stop from Sultanahmet, at a waterside park. Using the GPS on our iTouch we navigated our way up the steep hills for 30 minutes through local neighbourhoods - past schools, churches, mosques, children playing, women... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

we choose to take the tram near our hotel, the erboy, as far as we could and then walked through many neighborhoods until we got here. had an amazing lunch along the way at "kucuk ev", had our shoes polished by a man who was a double amputee, passed a school that was having a celebration for it's last day,... More

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Passo Fundo, RS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Wonderful mosaic, especially the Pantokrator!!! One of the best places in Istambul. Quite to difficult to find by foot, far from center and metro.

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Millstone, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This gem...tucked away from the historic district but just as glorious if not more so than the monuments in Sultanahmet district, is nothing short of a jewel of the Byzantine era. If you like mosaics you MUST seek out this. Some sections are also beautifully painted. It's much less imposing than Hagia Sophia, but you are embraced with a special... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Still under renovation, so expect boarded off sections, but well worth the effort getting there. Those parts which have undergone renovation are superb. It's small inside, so best go early !

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