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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
+90 212 631 92 41
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Chora Church is a 5km drive out of the city centre. The outside of the Church is very unassuming, a pretty little Byzantine Church, that does not prepare you for it's incredible interior. The Chora dates back to the 4th century and was rebuilt...More

Thank CarreraMelbourne
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perhaps the most well-preserved example of mosaics and affrescoes of Byzantine art. It is not easy to find but definitely deserves the visit. Tip: take a taxi. It is quite unexpensive for western tourists and saves a lot of time and patience.

Thank JoaoJP
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made it a point to go to this church by taking a bus and walking to it. It is a bit far away not very central. It was a beautiful church tucked away but unfortunately could not see much as it is under major...More

1  Thank Bindastraveller
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Chora on a recent visit to Istanbul. Unfortunately the vast majority of the museum is closed for renovations at the moment which is very disappointing. Only a few of the mosaic can be seen

Thank travelwithoutmercy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The mosaics were stunning and this place had a great feel to it, unfortunately a lot of it was closed off so I made the trek only to see a small part of it - spent no more than 20 mins in here, that's how...More

Thank Emxjh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to this only because it was on the museum pass but it was well worth it. The quality of the mosaics here rival the Hagia Sophia and are perhaps better quality from a restoration perspective. It's off the beaten path for sure so...More

Thank Steve H
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