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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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where you can find the story of the prophet Jesus Christ and St Mary. lovely decorations and tiles within the church.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

where you can find the story of the prophet Jesus Christ and St Mary. lovely decorations and tiles within the church.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is extremely out of the way from the main parts of Istanbul where most people are likely to stay. Moreover, the entire outside and about 80% of the inside were blocked off due to renovation and could not be seen. However, the part that could be seen was lovely. I'm sure it was not worth the time, effort to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It is out of the way, but it has amazing mosaics and frescoes. The nave was being renovated when I visited a few weeks ago, but they said the work would be done in August 2015. So if you are in Istanbul and love art and history, make time to go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

If you like Byzantine mosaics this is the church for you. Though the Nave was closed when we went there, there are still incredible examples of mosaic art in the Narthex, and frescos on the side chapel. Beautifully excecuted, these mosaics are among the best and most famous in the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This gorgeous church has hundreds of stories to tell in mosaic and mural form. These images are so detailed that it is easy to miss the richness unless you have a very good guide. The placement of a tree branch or an animal depicted in the background of a mosaic can hold a lot of meaning. We were overwhelmed with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Had wanted to go to this museum many times, but finally made it this time. Such a beautiful place. The mosaics and fresco is one of the best i've ever seen in the world. Definitely worth a visit. Would definitely love to go back when the restoration is finally finished on the outside. Can't miss this when you are in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Definitely worth a cab ride to see this charming museum that has beautiful mosaics. It continues to be restored.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The mosaics here are stunning. Also some unusual themes such as Peter & apostles ascending into heaven. The images promote Christian devotion.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

While exceptionally beautiful, this is EXTREMELY out of the way from the main parts of Istanbul where most people are likely to stay. Also, the entire outside and about 75% of the inside could not be seen/ were blocked off due to renovation. However, the parts that could be seen were very lovely with the gold leafed mosaic tiles. I'm... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

it is ravaged by time but enough stands for you to enjoy teh beauty of mosaic work and to get an idea of how ethereal the aya sofia must have been when it was filled with such reverential art ! the bonus ? walking there and back discovering different neighbourhoods

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Address: Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Phone Number: 90212 631 9241
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Fener & Balat
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Sunday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
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