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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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Address: Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
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+90 212 631 9241
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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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please check before buying the tickets if it is under restoration or not, we ended up buying tickets and almost 80% of the building was closed for restoration.

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please check before buying the tickets if it is under restoration or not, we ended up buying tickets and almost 80% of the building was closed for restoration.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had read about this church and were curious about the frescoes that were still remaining. We enjoyed this church and the history it still holds for Christianity, the frescoes and mosaics were spectacular and we enjoyed walking around for hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely recommended. This is the best example of Byzantine architecture and art in Istanbul. On the way to the museum you can also discover typical traditional wood houses.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some very beautiful mosaics and paintings. Unfortunately under main church room is under restoration, so could not visit the whole church.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the St Saviour Chora church/Kariye museum for the second time very recently and the central part of the church was closed for renovation. However, it is still utterly worth visiting. The church contains wonderful Byzantine mosaics and frescoes from the 14th century. It is incredibly beautiful and worth taking time over. (The book "Imperial Istanbul" by Jane... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the museum for the third time and was as stunned as always by the outstanding collection of mosaics.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Chora Museum is a great historical place to see. It is really old and fortunately quite well preserved with minimum damage.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although this is perhaps the most famous church in Istanbul we didn't find many people and the vibe was just gorgeous. Maybe we were out of the main tourist season or maybe it's the location which is surely not central but we got to see this with the pleasure of being some of the few inside! Outside - a lovely... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Chora church was under restoration at the time of the visit. It is on the route of the HOHO bus tour. This is a medieval Byzantine Greek Orthodox church now a museum known for its mosaic and frescoes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

This trip it will take a short time but it will be very a nice memory. This building is so old and has Byzantine's art examples. Its location is in Fatih where in the old city center in istanbul

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