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Address: Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Phone Number: 90212 631 9241
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Description: The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously...
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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Fine mosaics but nave closed

The Chora church is in a suburb and we made the mistake of going by bus - very slow. Even with only two people it's better to take a taxi. Wonderful mosaics in the Narthexes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The Chora church is in a suburb and we made the mistake of going by bus - very slow. Even with only two people it's better to take a taxi. Wonderful mosaics in the Narthexes, although suffering somewhat from neglect. The Nave is undergoing serious restoration & will be shut for a while

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The neighborhood near the Chora is described as "gritty". I took a taxi from my hotel. (60 year old female traveling alone much of the time.) The immediate area is fine and touristy. The taxi trip passed some areas that seemed very conservative with lots of women in full-coverage burkas. The actual church/museum has gorgeous mosaics from the early Christian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Chora church is small but impressive due to the good conditions of the very old paintings on the walls and the ceiling. Sometimes too many people in the room, but if you take pictures with a good zoom you will enjoy the stunning details at home. Don't miss to take a Cay tee outside under the trees.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful church and frescoes. Well maintained and enjoyable. Well worth a visit! A little tricky to find but worth it. We went to Asitane restaurant next door after for lunch - which was excellent.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Byzantine church with incredible mosaics and well worth the lug out to where it is . Interesting depiction of stories that are not in the bible such as the birth of the virgin mary and her life before the immaculate conception. Stories about Jesus' miracles depicted on beautiful mosaics which were not destroyed by the ottomans but covered up when... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We visited Chora Church May 25, 2015. It is scheduled to be closed for renovation in June 2015 and will be closed for two years. Don't plan to see it if you visit Istanbul during that period. It has a fascinating history though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The Chora Church is a little bit farther away from the rest of Istanbul's major sites, but it's worth the extra effort to see the amazing mosaics and frescoes. The entire place is quiet with an almost magic feel. I also enjoyed visiting a Christian church in addition to the many mosques of Istanbul to get a more complete picture... More 

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Churt, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This rightly has the reputation of being one of the most beautiful churches in Istanbul. Its architecture is of several ages but much of it is early 14th Century. The great attraction of the museum are the frescoes which have survived the original church being turned into a mosque in 1453.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is a building that tells some of the early religious story of Istanbul. It is well worth a visit and the shop has some good mementos of the trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Using the Rick Steves book directions. We took the tram and light train. His hint to eat at the hotel restaurant next door was spot on though. I was glad we took the effort to go see it.

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