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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Wonderful place to visit. Beautiful mosaics and frescoes. A little out of the way so not many of the visitors from the huge cruise ships visited this wonderful small museum. Well worth the trip when you get there if you are interested in history or art!

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Small jewell from late byzantin times. One of the most amazing places to see in Istanbul. I would rather skip topkapi than this church.

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

A little off the beaten tourist track, this little 5th century chapel is definitely worth the effort of finding in the Edirnekapı neighborhood. A cab may well be the easiest way here, and I recommend you get the cab to wait for you as it is about 15 minutes from the Grand Bazaar. Allow around 30 - 45 minutes here for your walk around.

The outside is unimposing, but as soon as you enter the chapel you are confronted with some of the most beautiful, intricate and intact byzantine work remaining in the world. The biblical characters and stories from your Sunday school lessons will come to life in mosaic, gold and muted fresco's.

Sometime in the 16th century, during the Ottoman era, the church became a mosque and in 1948 it was commissioned as a museum.

It is easy to become absorbed in capturing the artistry with your camera, but take a moment to sit in silent reflection and let the centuries of prayer and meditation feed your soul.

There is a cafe here, however I did not stop, so cannot make a recommendation. It did seem popular.

Enjoy.

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

Most amazing mosaics of the life of Christ. Very busy and out of the city centre but worth the effort.

Thank Simon B
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We walked up the hill from a City Windows tour bus stop (St. Georges Church). It's a bit of a hike, but worth the hassle. There are incredible mosaics depicting the lives of Christ and Mary, and paintings of events after the Crucifixion. Next time I'd probably take a taxi, but the walk through old neighborhoods of Istanbul to reach the museum is interesting. Stop and have a glass of tea with the locals.

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