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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, 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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Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Fener & Balat
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+90 212 631 92 41
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Reviewed yesterday

This place is well worth visiting and is cheap and easy to visit by public transport. I took bus number 90 [every 30 minutes] from Eminonu bus station at the southern end of the Galata Bridge. The bus ride takes about 20 minutes and you...More

Thank logrundy
Reviewed yesterday

A little Byzantine gem. Under restoration currently but still the frescos and mosaics are beautiful and worth the trip. Tram stop about 10mins away.

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Slightly far away from the main attractions in the city but it is worth having a look. Really beautiful and full of life.

Thank Aamir K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

one of the most important museum to visit in Istanbul,small but very impressive. Take time and enjoy..

Thank Keshveden
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

1st visited in 2013, and bowled over by visit. True to it's description, full of history and biblical reference. This visit a bit disappointing as wanted to impress local friends, undergoing renovations and not all area's open to piblic. Advice keep on To Do List!!

Thank Cuzybro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The church originally was part of a Monastery and owes its shape to XI Century construction made by Maria Dukakina and Theodore Metochites-members of Byzantine power-elite.The monastery was known as"Chora"(in the countryside) since it lay outside the city of Constantine the Great.Quite when the monastery...More

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Reviewed 11 August 2017

Must see, even though most of the church is in restoration right now, you can still see quite a bit of excellent mosaic. This is a little bit out of the way but really worth it.

Thank PuckPasha
Reviewed 5 August 2017

One of the few remaining Byzantine architectural building in the whole world. One sees the story of Christianity in mosaics and frescoes, the life of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, unparalleled to anything one has seen to this day. Theodoros Metochites left us a...More

Thank esarantopoulos
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

A bit out of the way but very well worth getting to. Fabulous mosacics and frescoes. Do not miss visiting this beautiful church.

Thank John_Negus
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Kariye Museum ( chora) is amazing with its famous mosaics and frescoes from 11 to 14 th century. You can see the mosaics of lives of Virgin Mary and Christ. It is stunning museum we will return again...

Thank adnanmordeniz
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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.
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zain j
12 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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Larry C
28 October 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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