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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8 | Karagümrük, 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 | Karagümrük, Fatih, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Fener & Balat
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+90 212 631 92 41
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place if you like mosaics and frescos. Having Rick Steves’ s guide Book was very helpful to understand the place and how to get there by buss. We enjoyed very much our visit.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This former Byzantine church, then mosque, now museum is absolutely spectacular. Although shrouded in scaffolding with part of the interior closed for restoration, what is available to see is stunning. I am talking mainly about the frescoes and mosaics which have survived the centuries. It...More

Thank James R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The nave was closed now, the others part will be closed next. There are no warnings anywhere. You just find out when you get there. The mosaics and frescoes I did see were amazing. It's too bad I couldn't see more. Seems the case with...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was very dissappointed as there was work being carried, which they did mention and was clearly the case as there was scaffolding on tne building. However, what the ticket office clerk failed to mention was that the majority of the building, which seemed like at...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thankfully I had a museum pass, and had not bought an actual ticket to this church. Everything was closed for restoration apart from one room and a corridor. Not much to see, not worth the hike. It would probably be more impressive once the restoration...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) , Istanbul To the western edge of the Old City, you'll find the Byzantine gem known as either the Kariye Museum or the Chora Church. This ancient edifice was constructed in times long before the Crusades as a Christian church,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe the nicest place to understand the beauty of late Byzantine paintings. A place so full of history. Worths every lira!

Thank Claudiu M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like many of Istanbul's attractions, the church was under renovation but there was enough to see to make it worth while. The mosaics are truly stunning. We caught a bus here (google maps did the job for us) and then took a walk to the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately a minimal part is visibile because it's under restauration but the mosaics and the frescoes are wonderful!

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to The Chita Church museum. You can do a self guided tour but we went with a guide, Tarik Saylan, who was very knowledgeable and really lovely to tour with. Beautiful frescoes. A must see in Istanbul.

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17 March 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
11 January 2016|
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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
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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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