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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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Thu - Tue 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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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Treasure from the past

Actually it's been 7 years since I've been here but what a memory. My husband is the history person but the beautiful mosaic treasures here told stories from centuries ago. Would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Actually it's been 7 years since I've been here but what a memory. My husband is the history person but the beautiful mosaic treasures here told stories from centuries ago. Would love to go back to Istanbul when peace returns.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This museum has beautiful mosaics. We used Rick Steves' Istanbul guide to explain the meaning of the mosaics. They were even prettier than the ones at Hagia Sophia. We used the city bus to get there and took a taxi back to the New district. It cost under 10 dollars. The Chora Church is included on the 5 day museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unfortunately part is under restoration, but what is open to the public is very nice and worth seeing. It is one of the oldest and preserved collections of Byzantine art in the world. It's a bit expensive (30 TL), but is free with Museum Pass

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is a chore to get to by public transport so we took the scenic route and got the ferry to Ayvansaray, then walked up the hill with the aid of a GPS. The exterior is covered and the interior chapel is off limits, and the admission has gone up to 30TL. But we felt it was well worth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited it after we have seen all the important sites in Istanbul. It is a Christian church and unlike Hagia Sophia, it did not have Islamic influence. The most important things to see here are the illustrations on the walls. If you don't have a guide, read about them before going there. We were shocked seeing a very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A really unique church however the outside was covered in scaffolding due to renovations. The art inside is not what I was expecting. A beautiful place

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The church was under a large amount of construction when I visited and the outside was completely covered, a long with some of the rooms. However the entrance was still full price! It was also quite hard to find, even for my Istanbulite friend. Unless you are very enthusiastic about seeing every single old church and mosaic of Jesus, skip... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unbelievable mosaics, nice place to visit. Unfortunately the main part of the church is closed for restoration. Check that it is opened or you will be partially disappointed.

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Kigali, Rwanda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, this church astonished me. The gold murals are well worth the trip. I never thought much of Christian history until I stepped into this Church and felt a thousand years disappear. Of course, it helped that we had the place to ourselves and a private guide who drove us there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Off the beaten track and surrounding area not so appealing but a gem buried and well worth a visit.Surrounding area worth a wander round but tricky to walk from from standard tourist areas- worth a short taxi fare.

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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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