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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8 | Fatih, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
+90 212 631 92 41
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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 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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Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8 | Fatih, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Fener & Balat
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Reviewed July 19, 2017

Perhaps the most well-preserved example of mosaics and affrescoes of Byzantine art. It is not easy to find but definitely deserves the visit. Tip: take a taxi. It is quite unexpensive for western tourists and saves a lot of time and patience.

Thank JoaoJP
Reviewed July 18, 2017

We made it a point to go to this church by taking a bus and walking to it. It is a bit far away not very central. It was a beautiful church tucked away but unfortunately could not see much as it is under major...More

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Reviewed July 17, 2017

We visited Chora on a recent visit to Istanbul. Unfortunately the vast majority of the museum is closed for renovations at the moment which is very disappointing. Only a few of the mosaic can be seen

Thank travelwithoutmercy
Reviewed July 16, 2017

The mosaics were stunning and this place had a great feel to it, unfortunately a lot of it was closed off so I made the trek only to see a small part of it - spent no more than 20 mins in here, that's how...More

Thank Emxjh
Reviewed July 16, 2017

We went to this only because it was on the museum pass but it was well worth it. The quality of the mosaics here rival the Hagia Sophia and are perhaps better quality from a restoration perspective. It's off the beaten path for sure so...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed July 14, 2017 via mobile

By far the most stunning mosaics in Istanbul. The Aya Sofia doesn't come close. Unfortunately, a good part of the mosaics have fallen off but the golden tiles that remain have a beautiful lustre. Part of the museum is under restoration and I'm hoping it...More

Thank gtangg
Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

The mosaics are truly a must see event in Istanbul. You should hire a professional tour guide to get the most out of the museum.

Thank ghostwhisperer76
Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

Feeling a little disappointed since a major part of the church is completely closed off to tourists because of the restoration work going on. The part of the church that I could visit had gorgeous mosaic work, much like Aya Sofia, arguably in better shape....More

1  Thank atikamaryam
Reviewed July 1, 2017

The church is located a bit out of the way but the mosaics are totally worth the effort to see. They have movement and perspective, unlike most from this period that are flat and lacking in dramatic impact. Christ is portrayed as a 'proactive' Savior,...More

Thank jill f
Reviewed June 28, 2017

Included in the Museum Pass. One of the lesser known but amazing sights in Istanbul. Close to the top of my list! the mosaics and frescoes are astonishing. The interior of the church is being renovated, but apparently you don't miss out on very much....More

Thank mjhtnt
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in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to
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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.
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zain j
January 11, 2016|
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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
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Larry C
October 27, 2015|
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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
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