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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 641 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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This church/museum is well worth a trip. it has some of the most beautiful late byzantine mosaics, in a fairly good state of preservation. The current restoration works block access to the inner room, but you will miss only a few mosaics. Notice: this site is to far from central Sultanahmed to walk, but is accessible by bus. If you... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

A hard-to-find but beautiful example of Byzantine mosaics, the Chora Church is a sight to behold. It is small enough to do within 20 minutes. When I was there, the audio tour stall was closed, which left me without much information. There are no brochures, placards, or books available for purchase under $50. The renovations have (as of now) closed... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

First, I have something against a religious site being called a museum. It is a church and not a museum. Otherwise, all historic churches and mosques in Europe should be called museums. This just to show you how disrespectful the authorities are to non-muslim sites in the city and their unwillingness to acknowledge the historic significance of this church. In... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

What was open was nice enough, but after seeing other greater sites in Istanbul and Turkey in general, I'd suggest waiting till the restoration is over. Other people who had traveled some distances to visit were quite disappointed at what was available at this time, July 2014.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I think Kariye museum is the best example of late byzantine art. The mosaics and the frescoes are breath taking. If you can please go when the cruise ship guests are not there. Lunch period is good time to visit. There will be less people.

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Yukon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

As the others wrote, it's a little difficult to get to, but it was magnificent! There were many frescoes on the most of the wall . They were incredibly beautiful. I didn't want to leave there.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

As everyone knows, Istanbul is very secular. I personally hope it stays that way. It is a beautiful city on the Bosphorus with a rich history and many attractions that date back to ancient times. In particular this Church has a uniques set of mosaics and Frescos that tell the history of Jesus's parents and his birth and childhood. I... More

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Beautiful mosaics and murals inside. Free entry with the Museumkarte. Although the main space is closed for refurbishment most of the artwork is in the areas which are accessible. Excellent tea garden just outside and we also climbed up onto the old walls nearby (only for the agile) and had a great view over the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This great little church out west. It's a bit far from the other Istanbul attractions, but definitely worth a look if you have time. The draw are the mosaics dating back hundreds of years, of biblical significance, such as that of Jesus and Mary. The pictures are stunning and the attention to detail incredible and are littered across the ceilings... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Make a point of stepping away from Sultanahmet for this jewel of a church, absolutely stunning in spite of the ongoing work that closed a large part of it. Must see.

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