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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 662 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 January 23, 2015 NEW

I was disappointed it was under construction... Could not go in the church, yet they charge the same amount just to see 2 hallways. These were probably the most impressive two hall ways I have ever seen however. Glad I went to see it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Even if the location is a little bit hard to be reached, if you have a little bit more time to wander on the streets and suburbs of Istanbul and if you want to see some great byzantine mosaics and paintings, you have to be here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

It is a must see in Istanbul, have a guide if possible because you will notice and understand so much more!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The mosaics are amazing. I recommend the audio guide to fully understand and appreciate even more the treasures to be found in this church. Maybe the most amazing piece of art I've seen.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We lived in Balat for most of our stay in Istanbul so Chora Museum was on walking distance from our place. But like what other mentioned, the main part of the museum was closed due to the renovation. However it still offered you an astonishing view inside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Personally, I think this is the one of the most gorgeous and wonderful mosaic - laden church in Istanbul.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

It was a disappointment. The main naos was closed due to restoration and only a small part of the church was open for viewing. Would not recommend anyone to go until the naos is opened again. UNLESS you have a pass and lots of time. It's a little far away from the rest of the Istanbul attractions.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Much of this museum/church was closed for renovation when I visited, so it wasn't really worth the trek out to it, although there was some nice artwork on the walls and ceiling of the small part that was open.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Small, far away but pretty none the less. Worth the journey if you on the 5 day pass (they DONT sell the 5 day pass at Chora! Buy it before hand!) Otherwise the trip there takes longer than exploring it, and is pretty but not worth 15TL.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Many of these mosaics are roughly contemporary to Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel and just as revolutionary. This church is one of the greatest cultural treasures of the western world. I am shocked I had not heard of it before. Great experience!

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