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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Address: Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Phone Number: 90212 631 9241
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Ranked #7 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously the Chora Museum, Mosque...
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, 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 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Although there are currently renovations taking place in the main sanctuary, the outer hallways are filled with beautiful mosaics of the Christ story. The architecture was breathtaking and it was a great place to start a day touring of the city walls. They also have a nice gift shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This little gem is a cab ride away from the centre of town, and worth the trip. It is one of the most beautiful churches with 13th century Byzantine mosaics.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

It was a facebook comment while we were in Istanbul that alerted me to go and see this amazing church. Mosaics and frescos by the shedload. There's restoration going on but it does not deter from the wonders. Included in the museum pass so it is not to be missed. Short taxi ride from the Blue Mosque and Aya Sophya.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Very interesting frescoes and mosaics. And after the visit take a pleasant walk down the hill, along the old City Wall, towards Halic Park. Take a boat at Ayvansaray and see the Golden Horn.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

It's a wonderful church. Beautiful mosaic. I just hope they could reduce the price since only a small part of the church is open due to construction work. The postcards inside is pretty I bought some too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

I wish the Aya Sofya still looked like this church. I suggest to see them both on the same day.First Aya Sofya, then our to Chora. When you are out at Chora, make sure to trek a bit on the old city walls.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

I must say that I was really amazed by thic church. The icons on the walls are exceptional and considering that they stand there since 14th century is really impressive. It was a pitty that when we visited the site there were works in progress and parts of the church were inaccessible.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

However, the mosaics that were visible were marvellous. A little bit out of the way but we then walked down to the Golden Horn for a boat trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is a jewel in Istanbul. Mosaics are spectacular and so colourful because they where covered with plaster over centuries(when it was converted to mosque). That plaster protected mosaics and paintings so we can enjoy it today. Definitely worth to get audio guide. Main part of church is under renovation - which is a shame- but it is still worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

itś too bad that this site is too often missed. it has a remarkable set of mosaics. the most beautiful work of art I saw in Istambul

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