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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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Chora Church is a real gem

Much less crowded than Hagia Sophia. This is a church turned into a museum, other names are Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, Kariye Kilisesi, Chora Museum. For me, it is the most... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Much less crowded than Hagia Sophia. This is a church turned into a museum, other names are Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, Kariye Kilisesi, Chora Museum. For me, it is the most beautiful Byzantine church in Istanbul. Location : Edirnekapı - municipality of Fatih How to get there if you stay around Beyoglu-Taksim : take the bus no:87 from Taksim to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

One of the place where you can admire the best preserved mosaico, from Byzantium time. The Area it is not the most popular and touristic, but you will experience the true Istanbul. Near by is located the great defensive wall, which unfortunately is falling apart due to bad maintenance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We saw this marvel in 2008. It was spectacular, one of the best surviving examples of Byzantine mosaics. It is mostly closed for renovation. Only the entrance areas are open, with only a small area of mosaics available to see. I don't know when the church will reopen, but when it does, do not miss it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

No visit to Istanbul should fail to take in these beautiful mosaics and frescoes. It is slightly awkward to get to but you can walk up from Aksaray or the Golden Horn side (30-40 mins). Or get the metro from Aksaray to Topkapi (not the palace!) and then 15 mins along the old town walls, turning right at the main... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Small site, but well worth venturing out of the centre of Istanbul for. The mosaics are beautiful. The admission price is very reasonable and because it is not near the centre it is less busy than other sites. Cameras are allowed as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The Church of St Saviour in Chora was built by Constantine the Great, but was rebuilt in the late 11th century (and is the one we see today). The frescoes and mosaics are amazingly beautiful and largely intact, dates from 1312, and were funded by the wealthy Theodore Metochites. The mosaic above the door in the inner narthex shows Metochites... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Some of the best mosaics I've ever seen. This former church/mosque is undergoing restaurations, so not all of it is accessible, but the parts that are open are worth the visit! It's also a nice combination with a walk along the former city wall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Tucked outside the core sightseeing areas around the Aya Sofia and Grand Bazaar, this church has fantastic mosaics in one section and terrific frescoes in the other. Although the main body of the church is closed for repair, it is well worth the short taxi ride from the Grand Bazaar area. Highly recommended for ancient art lovers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This small museum, formerly a church, has the most amazingly beautiful mosaics of Christ's life and Mary's life. One of my favorites was of Mary as a toddler taking her first steps. Best way to get there is by taxi since it is a little out of the way, but it is absolutely worth your trouble to get there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

If you love mosaics (or just want a jaunt away from the busier tourist areas) you MUST go to this museum. The mosaics are stunning. A few tips -- if you are going in the summer, bring a fan. It gets very hot in there -- bring a guide or a guidebook (we had Rick Steves). The mosaics are pictorial... More 

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