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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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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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After visiting Hagia Sophia, where you can see a few mosaics in the similar style, we were told we had to visit the Chora Church. Even under construction it is very much worth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

After visiting Hagia Sophia, where you can see a few mosaics in the similar style, we were told we had to visit the Chora Church. Even under construction it is very much worth the visit, the golden mosaics are not only nice to see, but also very interesting as they are telling a story throughout the church. A strong advice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

When Istanbul was a very new city, the people there were pagans. In Istanbul there were temples to Artemis and Athena., They recognized the importance of women. When Constantine took over, the cult of women continued with the recognition of Mary, Mother of Jesus. This old church is covered with mosaics telling the story of Mary. While it is being... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We took a taxi here from our hotel first thing on a Sunday morning. Traffic was light (I'm guessing, relatively) and we enjoyed our ride along The Golden Horn and past Constantine's walls to get here. This is a small, modest byzantine church, lavishly decorated with frescos and mosaics inside. Having visited the Hagia Sophia the day before and being... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Make time to stop at Chora Museum. Although off the beaten path. the mosaics are phenomenal and tell the story of the Virgin Mary. High end gift shop within the museum was nice too. You may take photos without flash or a tripod. There is an entrance fee. Lots of souvenir shopping outside the entrance as well as an interesting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We weren't sure about visiting because we knew parts of the church were closed for renovation, but as of mid-March there was still enough to see that we were glad we made the effort to get there. I have never seen such beautiful mosaics!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately, it was raining and freezing when we went here, otherwise we would have stayed longer to study the mosaics. Truly beautiful - I had to run back to look up the history of the church and the art. Even with the inner church closed for refurbishing, you can still see the majority of the mosaics.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Give yourself a few hours for this one. It's a bit out of the way, but it's close to the Spice Market, so it can be paired with that for a day trip. It would have been worth it to have a guide, because the history is fascinating, but a good guide book will also do. The main dome was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The Chora Church, know for its Christian mosaics, is most easily reached from the Old City by taxi. At our visit, March 2015, the nave was under renovation so a great many mosaics were not visible. We were able to see the mosaics in the two long hallways that lie just within the entry, and some frescos. The church lies... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

It certainly has the most preserved mosaic and frescoes of Byzantine icons. It also is in restoration so access to the nave was closed. Nevertheless, it's worth visiting despite the circuitous route you have to take to get there.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

it is currently undergoing renovation so much of the church is closed to visitors. The mosaics are beautiful, as is the architecture, however its quite a trek and a 15tl fee. However there is not much left from the Byzantine empire and this church is a little gem, just a shame that currently you can't fully explore it. However it... More 

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