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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
+90 212 631 92 41
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A little bit away from the centre. However, this Byzantine Church is still worth a visit. It also forms part of the Istanbul Museum Pass. The frescoes are fewer than some other places you would visit, however still enough to see. A walk along the...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the few place everyone recommends and believe me, there is a reason for it. The place is quite far from other attractions but the walk next to the city walls (in ruins) already put you in the mood of what you’re...More

Thank Canpres
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This may be one of the most beautiful churches. All rooms have mosaics resembling bibles. You can rent audio phones.

Thank crownvict
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Is a nice church a lot of icons inside but be careful is under maintainence the cashier make you pay for tiket to see nothing cz the church is still close you can see a small chapel a side if you visited and is not...More

Thank eliasbadr2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re interested in Catholic or Christian history, Kariye museum would be a perfect place for you. The main attraction in Kariye are the mosaic art and wall paintings. And all of them are depicting Jesus, Maria and saints. The mosaic art are amazing. However,...More

Thank Christineshulin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little museum is litterally a gem. The mosaics inside are exceptionally well kept, spread around walls, vaults and ceilings. The colours are vibrant and the expressions of the faces are so realistic. The first mosaic about the story of the mother of Virigin Mary...More

Thank Francesca R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't believe we waited until the last day of our vacation in Istanbul to see this wonder of a Byzantine Church...Stunningly beautiful mosaic frescos adorn the interior of this ancient and quite holy place..it is located on the outskirts of the original City of...More

1  Thank ValTCanada
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went today, paid the $30 Lira entrance fee (4 of us so paid $120 Lira in total) only to find that 80% of the museum is closed for renovation (not accessible at all). We should have been told of this! When we enquired, the lady...More

Thank Uy F
Reviewed 12 January 2018

The Kariye Camii preserves one of the finest and most extensive cycles of Later Byzantine mosaic and fresco decoration recounting the lives of the Virgin Mary and Christ. The mosaic-work is the finest example of the Palaeologian Renaissance. Around fifty years after the fall of...More

Thank jill f
Reviewed 8 January 2018

Chora Church or the Kariye Museum as it is now called is on the outskirts of the original city of Constantinople (Istanbul). Of course over the centuries the city has grown and now this Museum is part of Istanbul itself. Kariye Museum is accessed via...More

Thank Madhu N
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
18 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.
zain j
12 January 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
28 October 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