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Address: Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Phone Number: 90212 631 9241
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Thu - Tue 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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We visited the Chora Church with a guide we hired for the day in Istanbul. We had spent 3 days with a tour group and had 3 days on our own after our main trip so wanted to see... read more

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the Chora Church with a guide we hired for the day in Istanbul. We had spent 3 days with a tour group and had 3 days on our own after our main trip so wanted to see things not included on our formal tour. We were so pleased with our private guide and his knowledge of the church's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place made me weep It is so magnificent !!! A must see Just sit on the floor and gaze at the ceiling and fly away to another world

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful church from Byzantine with marvelous mosaics. But %30 of the museum is under renovation now. Be aware with that !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First time I visited Kariye Museum. It is a bit out of main touristic area. Mosaics in the museum was beautiful. There are both Mosaic and fresco walls and ceilings. The Naos section of the museum currently closed and under renovation. But even the remaining parts are breathtaking.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the tram and metro lines to reach this museum. Unfortunately the building is under renovation and more than half of it is closed. We were aware of this before we started, but decided to see it anyway. The major portion of the mosaics are in the closed section and we were disappointed that we could not see the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the places I was most excited about seeing in Istanbul was Chora Church. I left feeling a massively frustrated as the entire building was under canvas tents and the main rooms of the church were closed to visitors due to repairs. The mosaics that we could see were stunning, true works of art, but we picked the wrong... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A gem of Byzantine art is currently undergoing restorations. Still it is worth a visit without hustle and bustle of main Sultanahmet area. All the mosaics date back to early 14th century and are truly striking in their beauty. Getting there might be an issue if travelling on your own. Taking ferry, then walking alongside the historical city walls most... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Chora Church is a Christians history that cannot be missed if you are in Istanbul, great paintings and architecture!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Masterpiece style interiors. Fascinating stories attached to each of the creations. Most of this church is currently under wraps being restored. Entry fee applicable. Credit cards accepted.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you like the mosaics of Hagia Sophia, you will be mesmerised by what this little church has to offer. The church has the most beautiful and intact mosaics your would ever see. With the museum pass, the entrance is free but please spend a little extra on the audio guide as that makes the tour much more exciting and... More 

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