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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
90212 631 9241
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Ranked #5 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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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Oakland, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Should be on one's top spots to visit in Istanbul! The Chora Church is stunningly well-preserved, featuring ancient mosaics: biblical themed scenes, it was jaw-dropping. Although the church is very small, it is certainly well worth the visit. Be sure to get an audio guide, as it is necessary to understand the background of the images. It is a bit... More

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bern
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Beautiful mosaic and frescos it's an old Byzantine church, historical place you should not miss when visiting Istanbul

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The main part of the church was closed for renovations and they really didn't tell us this anywhere until we were inside the church. Still recommend it if you have time, but since it is out of the way from most of the other sights in Istanbul, it may be best to check on the renovation status.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Very old nice place price is not expensive but also very bigger but we like it we spend there time like 15 minute because there's not sp much tjings to see it but its okay we like it...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The church is just amazing, the mosaics where stunning, so worth the visit, reason for 4 stars is that the main hall was closed for renovation, but most of the mosaics are out side anyways so didn't matter much. We took the bus from eminonu to edirnkapi, and when u get of the bus u will see mihrimah sultana mosque... More

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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The mosaics and frescoes are magnificent. Church is away from the other sights but well worth the effort to get there.

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

considered one of the best examples of byzantine religious art. 500 years of plaster preserved fabulous mosaics and frescoes.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

I thought the mosaics in the church were beautiful and exceptionally done; however, over half of the church was under construction. Due to this, I think that the entrance fee of 15TL per person was too much for 2-3 rooms of mosaics. There was not enough to see in the area or in the church for that price and the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The mosaics here are impressive even though it is a small church. It is out of the way and I would recommend getting a taxi there. There are some souvenir stores and a cafe/restaurant outside the church.

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Abuja, Nigeria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

unfortunately the Church was closed for renovation, we were able to see less than 10% I think from it, and this was really nice and I expected to see a wonderful architecture inside. As it is now, it doesn't worth to visit, especially that it is far from other attraction and you need to go only to see it. Just... More

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