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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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One of the best places that should be seen. Parking is a problem, so bettervto go with a taxi or city tour.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

One of the best places that should be seen. Parking is a problem, so bettervto go with a taxi or city tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Well worth the visit, with some amazing Byzantine mosaics. When we were there they were nearing the end of the second restoration.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The glass mosaics in the entryway of this museum are incredible, but unfortunately we were not able to enter the main part of the building due to restoration. Somewhat disappointing. Our guide shared the history of the building and mosaics which was interesting. Glad we went there but wish we could have seen more.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The extensive mosaics were a pleasant surprise. Beware that the whole church is under renovation and we were able to see only a small area of the church. Even in the small area available, there were some amazing mosaics.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This building, former a Byzantine church and later an Ottoman mosque, is located a little far from the most popular attractions of Istanbul, but to me it is a hidden gem and the mosaics and frescos are true masterpieces of Byzantine art. Not so crowded like Haghia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, it's possible to visit the church... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This church is a real treasure and if you are interested in mosaics abd Christian art you must go and see it. It has some of the most beautiful mosaics I've ever seen. The visit can be combined with a walk through Balat down to the Golden Horn and a ferry ride, beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Unless you are extremely knowledgeable about the Christian religion, I recommend a guide take you here. The mosaics are detailed and exquisite but I would have been clueless as to the stories they told without someone explaining them to me.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Vry interesting place for tourists from Catholic countries and who interesting history or art, nice mosaics and wall paints

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

small müze you can go there just its hard to find this place and expensive too in istanbul müze all very expensive we really dont like it this...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This museum is most interesting/fascinating/informative/beautiful (I run out of superlatives). The mosaics and frescoes on the ceilings and walls follow the life of Mary and Jesus. Did you know that Mary came from an affluent family? I took as many or more pictures here than any other site in Istanbul. What a wonderful treasure.

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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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