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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
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Another building with restricted access due to restoration work. We walked there from Gülhame which took just over an hour. Bits of it were a nice walk and it was good to see some less touristy places. Shame the church was mostly closed off as...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We missed out on this visit last trip so we hopped into a cab and went this time. The facade is currently - like most of istanbul is in the process of restoration, though the inside is amazing.. A much smaller church than expecting BUT...More

Thank Aurora S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

...but full entrance price (30 TL). This is the case for many outstanding monuments in Istanbul right now. Still the tremendous mosaics and frescoes are (fortunately) visible. This is the trip worth !

Thank Stan A
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you have never been and this is likely to be your only trip to Istanbul then you must go and see this early byzantine church. Covered with wonderful mosaics this is one of the true marvels of Istanbul. You can only see about a...More

Thank aquabell
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I popped into the Chora Monastery (Kariye Camil), during a 5-day visit to Istanbul. Dating from the 5th Century it contains spectacular frescos and mosaics representing the life of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Based upon the exterior, this was rather unexpected....More

Thank Richard_Harpum
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a bit out of the way from the old town area but a must see. Yes, the inner part of the Church is closed but the outer areas have the majority of the mosaics and frescoes. The mosaics depict various biblical and historical events....More

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are not art lovers but appreciated learning more about the FRESCOES and how much care was done to restore different parts of the church building.

Thank NYCTRAVELER329
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were rather disappointed to find that the central part of the church is closed for renovation, but visitors are nevertheless charged the full admission price of 30 Turkish Lire. Rather expensive for so little.

Thank Christine H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Haghia Sofia is spectacular but the frescoes at this 14th century Byzantine church are more extensive . Part of the church is under restoration and the outside is covered but there's plenty to see nonetheless. Not to be missed. Take a cab from Aksaray...More

Thank HofH999
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The mosque is a bit far and not easy to access however the historical facts are worth to visit and learn

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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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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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