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Address: Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Phone Number: 90212 631 9241
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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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The Chora Church

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit out of the way but easily accessible by tram Make the effort and you will not be disappointed Some of the best mosaics and frescoes I have ever seen and they're 1500 years old. Amazing

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although the Chora Church is under restoration and out of the way, our group was glad that we included it in our itinerary. Its a must see. You can see that the presentation of the mosaics are beautifully and painstakingly done to depict the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her son Jesus. Would be happy to return when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best museums in Istanbul. Even the outside of the building is on restoration, when you enter the museums you just captivated by the mosaics, parekklesion and fresks. You can have an audio tour also. There is small shop inside for the small soveniers. After the visit, you can have lunch in Asitane Restaurant with a good glass... More 

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This is simply one of the best churches is Istanbul. Built outside the city (that's the meaning of "Chora"), for the Cristian people. It's full of mosaics, all very well preserved. They tell stories, and that's why they are all over the place, so that people who couldn't read would know the stories of Jesus and the church. The entrance... More 

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Took ages to find and it was mainly being restored so can't really say to much as I saw very little. it was OK it is quite far out but if your in the area and have a museum pass you may as well visit.

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It is very recommended to get an audio guide to understand the connection and significance of the various mosaics.

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