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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
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Ranked #7 of 646 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This site contains one of the world's finest collections of Byzantine frescoes and mosaics. They are in superb condition.

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Lakeland, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This museum is a bit off the beaten path, but worth a visit. It is well preserved, and beautiful. Just a few blocks away is the old city wall.

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Sydney Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Kariye museum is a must see but potential visitors should be made aware that the museum is in the process of restoration and that only a section will be available for visitors. What is open is amazing as photos will attest to but for 50 TL or just over $20 US it is hardly value especially compared to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We’ve just spent 2 weeks in Istanbul & seen most of the major sights. To be honest we found the famous ones around Sultanahmet a little disappointing. But then we decided to visit some of the City Wall (well worth doing) & Chora Church. Walking in, our initial response was ‘Wow!!!’ The frescos & mosaics are just beautiful & all... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

This church converted into a mosque, is a o ur very Lara of the mixture between Muslims and Romans; in all its aspects, already that you can observe them in their fresh with the different images of the western culture and religious prayers with the Ottomans, its structure was modified based on the u edtructura Amezquita and adapted culturaoccidenta wing.

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Medford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Before coming here, I had never heard of Chora church so I wasn't sure what to expect. Once I stepped foot inside, I was mesmerized. The mosaics and the frescos were amazing. This idea that someone painstakingly put all these tiles in the right order and pattern to create these images truly blows my mind. Anyone interested in art history,... More

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Falls Church, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Quite an impressive collection of mosaics most in fine condition. Bit off beaten path but well worth the effort. Museum store was well stocked with Chora Church books which offer detail on all of the mosaics.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Aside from the Hagia Sophia, I think that this is the "church" really worth visiting because of its beautiful frescoes and mosaics. it is really comparable to the world's best destinations for christian arts, like ravenna and the vatican. i visited this all the way back in 2003, and it is as beautiful as it has been.

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Tromso, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I am not religious, but entering the Chora church had a divine feeling to it. The mosaics were spectacular. Looking at the images in the guidebook could not prepare me for the vivid colours, details and master skill of the artist that made them so many centuries ago! I would recommend getting a good guide who can tell you the... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

some mosaics are still very nice , nice colors , you will feel that like you are in hagia sophia museum, but more smaller and beautiful i guess

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