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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
90212 631 9241
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Ranked #4 of 632 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Chora church or Kariye Muzesi - This is undergoing a renovation currently (April 2014) and hence most of the church is not accessible to to the public so it may not be worth the trouble of getting to this place (bit far from major Old city attractions and little difficult to get to for a normal tourist) and paying 15TL... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

A small church that has survived many fires, bombing, and just natural erosion. takes no more than 45 minutes at best to see. However takes you a good 45 minutes to get here from anywhere in Istanbul. Get an audio guide the very least to understand everything thats there to learn.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

under renovation at the time of visit not much to see, can still go in but only about a corridor to see. Cannot by Museum Card from this area either

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Did the lonely planet walking tour from Aryansaray(?) - and ended up here - very nice and much more pleasant than bloody topkapi palace. go for the joint ticket and save time on queueing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

A museum full of spectacular mosaics and frescoes. A must visit for anyone interested in Christian Byzantine art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We were overwhelmed by the beautiful mosaics and frescoes. The restoration work is outstanding and although there is still work going on it (some of the areas are closed) it is worth a visit just to see what is there now. We used public transport to get to Ulubatli (Tram T1 & M1) then walked along the old city wall... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

For those interested in Byzantine art and/or mosaics this site is a must. Don't expect to buy a Museum Pass here even though all the posters and websites say you can - ticket staff (sitting next to a sign advertising the Pass!) refused to sell me one and kept repeating 'Topkapi'. There were many people in the church when I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I visited Chora museum, after years together with my friends. It's under renovation at the moment but most of the mosaics can be seen. Some departments of the museum is closed. Entrance fee is 15 TL for per person. Public transportation is available from Taksim, Eminönü. It's also a great experience to see the neighbourhood of the church. There are... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The church mainly exhibits the Christian story Though some of the parts have been destroyed but it is still rich of cultural meaning and it's quite different from the Islamic It is a bit far from the Sultanhamet area and locates in the residential region(though I've ask the direction from the locals in Turkish, many of them do not know... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

maybe I have seen too many beautiful churches in Romania and Bulgaria, but was a little disappointed. Also the main sanctuary was closed for restoration. Still you can see all the mosaics and frescoes.

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