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“Beautiful mosaics” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
90212 631 9241
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Ranked #7 of 503 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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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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“Beautiful mosaics”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We caught a tram and then walked for a few kms. Worth the hike. Stunning Byzantine mosaics. On return the three of us caught a cab back to the Blue Mosque for 30 Turkish Lira. Check the price with the cab driver first.

Visited October 2013
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“A gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Beautiful mosiacs, especially since those in Hagia Sophia are partially blocked off. Avoid the crowds when the cruise ships dock. Plan to spend the better part of two hours.

Visited October 2013
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“indescribable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

so glad we persisted in finding this small church on the outskirts of Istanbul our guide sadi it was worth a stop and that was an understatement indeed!!

Visited December 2012
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“Wonderful Mosaics”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

So many beautiful and expressive mosaics. Be sure you have a guide book for explanations,so you get the most out what you are seeing.

Visited October 2013
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“Worthwhile visiting.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Although a little out of the way, the Kariye Museum is well worth visiting for the excellent mosaics. Take the metro to the Edimekapi station and walk through the old western wall of the city. Follow signs to the right or ask someone for directions.

Visited November 2013
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