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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 5 days ago via mobile

This former church and mosque is a little hard to get to but worth the trip, as it has a gallery filled with some of the best mosaics and friezes from the early Christian Era in Istanbul. You can get a bus from Eminonu that...More

Thank peacemaker100
Reviewed 1 week ago

A bizantin jewel! Beautiful mosaics relating historics and christian moments. A place to be visited.

Thank Volkahle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tile work paintings are remarkable for their art and depiction of the life of Hazrat Maryam and Hazrat Isa a.s. the paintings are unique and a relic of rich Byzantine art.

Thank Ali J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is included in the Museum Card. But unfortunately the biggest part is closed for restoration. You can still see some mosaics in the 2 corridors. A lot is under restoration in Istanbul. But of course, this must happen in order to preserve that wonderful...More

2  Thank Charl0tte01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful frescos and mosaics adorn this church and this is included in the Istanbul Museum Pass. The downside is that it is quite some distance from Sultanahmet meaning that a taxicab drive is needed to get there and back

Thank vit666
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful mosaics and frescoes. This was my second visit and much less crowded than on my earlier visit a few years ago, so was able to linger and enjoy the beautiful interior. The neighbourhood has changed a fair bit, many typical old wooden houses been...More

Thank bjorgk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful church turned into Mosque turned into museum... Museum card covers free entry otherwise you need to pay around 25 tl to enter ... I was there last week , lots of restorative work going on so some parts of it were closed but still...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is an outstanding former monastery, then mosque, now turned into a museum with stunning mosaics depicting the life of Jesus and Mary. Hagia Sophia must have looked like this filled with mosaics before the ceilings were plastered over.

Thank Gail S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Its located a bit far of heart of town but for church lover worth to see once and show traveleres the reality of istanbul ... city of paradox symbol ...

1  Thank Hasan A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nothing to look at externally. Literally nothing at the moment as the whole roof is under an enormous canopy and the walls covered with scaffolding and sheeting. But it is the internal and the mosaics that you will be interested in. And they are something...More

1  Thank KS&HC
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