Chora Museum

Chora Museum, Istanbul: Hours, Address, Chora Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Chora Museum
4.5
Art Museums • History Museums
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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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The area
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Neighbourhood: 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 sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
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KAPALI / CLOSED
Jul. 2021 • Solo
Sadece Istanbul'un değil aynı zamanda dünyanın nadide kültür miraslarından olan bu kilisenin restorasyonu yıllardır devam ediyor ve maalesef KAPALI. Kimse yorulup oralara kadar zahmet etmesin.
The restoration of this holy church, which is one of the rarest cultural heritages of not only Istanbul but also the world, has been going on for years and unfortunately it is CLOSED. So, no one should get tired and bother him self to go there.
Written 30 July 2021
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Ani M
3 contributions
Unique place
Oct. 2020
Amazing place, unique spirit.... Was fascinated by the wall masterpieces kept in the years. Hope all those great paintings will be saved for the next generations.
Written 11 December 2020
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MeredithAY
4 contributions
Might be a better choice than the Haiga at the moment
Nov. 2020 • Family
Really cool, well preserved mosaics. Area is on the dodgy side, but less oppressively touristy than Sultanahmet. Stroller was an issue, but staff (aside from ticket booth) quite helpful.
Written 22 November 2020
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A2345FUjohnl
Tampa, FL114 contributions
Amazing mosaics and frescoes
Oct. 2020
After hearing The Chora museum was being converted to a mosque, I had to go one more time while it was still posible to visit. It is still undergoing renovation work which I hope the continue. At the present time all the mosaicsthat were not under going renovations were still visible. THe gift shop has also been removed. If you have the chance to go in the near futrue I would highly recommend it. The entrance fee was 65 lira.
Written 5 November 2020
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ULGENAKSU
Istanbul, Turkey38 contributions
A UNIQUE HAVEN OF BYZANTINE ART IN ISTANBUL WITH MOSAICS FROM THE 14TH CENTURY
Aug. 2020
The beautiful Chora Museum, with its mesmerising mosaics and frescoes, is one of the unforgettable places in Istanbul. Unfortunately, the way it will be possible to see these beautiful works of art in the future is quite obscure at the moment. However, you still have a chance to visit the place as a museum if you are currently in the city or will be visiting Istanbul in the near future. This post aims to provide you with a glimpse of this wonderful example of Byzantine art that is no less valuable than the examples in Ravenna, Italy.
Written 22 October 2020
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Backpacker
San Luis Obispo, CA980 contributions
RIP-OFF!! SAVE YOUR MONEY!
Oct. 2020
It's a rip-off! First of all, there is only 2 tiny rooms with hardly anything to see! And IF the mosaics are real, then they only go back to the 14th Century. I'd happily pay the huge fee if the mosaics were from like the 2nd century or something, but it's not. I was literally in there for 2 minutes. SAVE YOUR MONEY!
Written 19 October 2020
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juliebarrett1964
London, UK289 contributions
Off the beaten track but worth it
Oct. 2020
We took a taxi from the old town, where we were staying as there were too many bus changes, it cost five euros. So do go, worth it, very varied, and will soon become a mosque so less will be available to view. Coffee, postcards outside, from there a walk down into the quarter, full of coloured houses, charming streets, very quirky and visit the Tekfer Sarayi, a castle housing beautiful towers, great views and a lift for access. A few euros to get in. A surprise treat in a less known quarter.
Written 14 October 2020
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Lanni
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3,044 contributions
Still museum as of end of Sept 2020
Oct. 2020 • Friends
It is still functioned as museum as of end September 2020 with some renovation inside the museum which is not accessible. Almost ready to be converted to mosque.
Written 4 October 2020
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Pedro L Reyes
Miami Beach, FL327 contributions
Beautiful and unique.
Aug. 2020 • Friends
The original, 4th-century monastery containing the church, was outside Constantinople's city walls. Unique you must visit.
Written 8 September 2020
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Marko S
Miami, FL33 contributions
Mystical
Aug. 2020 • Friends
I was speechless ! One of the most impressive churches I have ever seen . You feel that the icons would talk to you !
Written 4 September 2020
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  • Wed - Mon 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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