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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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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...more
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Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8 | Karagümrük, Fatih, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Fener & Balat
+90 212 631 92 41
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a spectacular place to visit, with mosaics that rival those of Ravenna, and frescoes as well. There are not as many tourists as in the sites at Sultanahmet so your visit is quieter and more contemplative. Ignore the Lonely Planet directions (which advise...More

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Reviewed yesterday

I live in Istanbul and I have been to Kariye Museum more often than any other in the city. It is the church of a Byzantine monastery that was originally outside the first set of city walls, then found itself just inside the second set!...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The mosaics inside the Chora Church are awe inspiring, simply breath taking. We loved our visit, but beware that the museum is of the beaten track and under renovation. This will not put off enthusiasts, however casual tourists might find the location frustrating. We took...More

Thank Nomadic S
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Chora Church has a number of ancient Christian-era frescos which are worth a look. However, as other recent comments note, much of the Church is under renovation. This severely limits what you can actually see. That said, what we did see was quite interesting;...More

Thank treborz1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Under re-construction as are nearly all of the tourist sights in Istanbul. However, well worth the metro ride to see the mosaics. The place was not pushy Chinese tourist crowded like every other tourist venue. The staff were helpful and actually smiled and acted interested....More

Thank Wolfgang S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

There was hardly anything to see as more than half was being renovated! Although it would have been interesting to see old mosaic etc had it not been under renovation.

Thank Maheen H
Reviewed 1 week ago

the Byzantine mosaics are astonishing. Petty most of it can not be seen due to restoration and the audio guide is needed, so a little overpriced for what you can see. It is not easy to find by your own, but doable with a GPS...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went out of my way to visit this place as it was listed as one of the best places to see. Really interesting mosaics but there's quite a lot of restoration works going on at the moment so what you see is a bit limited....More

Thank Wasim009
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Despite the renovations, the visible frescos were enough to make the experience a privilege. The journey out is long but well worth it.

Thank Scarlet O
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's partially closed, because it is being restored, but just the small part that is still open makes it well worth going there. The mosaics and frescoes are the best I saw in Istanbul.

Thank Emmanuel G
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Fener & Balat
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
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s m
March 17, 2016|
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Response from FatihMehmetCelebi | Reviewed this property |
According to the website (In Turkish) the museum is open everyday. Winter from 09:00 - 16:30 Summer from 09:00 - 19:00 The price is 15 TL (4.90 EUR). Enjoy, you will love it! Hope the renovations are done though.
zain j
January 11, 2016|
Response from kamalilahi |
February is cold in turkey. I suggest 7 to 8 days in Istanbul ( as there is ample to do there). You can take a days trip to Bursa; A night in Cappadocia (if both places fascinate you OR two nights in Antalya (stay in... More
Larry C
October 27, 2015|
Response from barbara s | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I am visiting California at the moment but did get the book when in turkey this summer. I can try to see what is there but won't be home till Sunday. Is that too late? If not then email me and I will look when I get... More