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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Kariye Camii Sokak,No:26 Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
+90 212 631 9241
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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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Fener & Balat
+90 212 631 9241
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visiting over the Eid holiday, the main part of the church was closed for restoration work. There is limited access only to the vestibule. Well worth a visit if the entire museum is open, but not worth going out of your way for just the...More

Thank peadarseoul
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a really cool place but due to its location I think is fairly underrated site. On the plus side that means it is less crowded. Even better it's part of the museum pass so if you bought that there is no reason not...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Church/museum is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It tells of her life from childhood to death with some fantastic mosaic work on the walls. Truly amazing and detailed work. This place is my favourite of all the many fantastic sights in Istanbul.

Thank Tony J
Reviewed 1 week ago

A long way to get to the Church-museum but worth the train ride and walk. It's not too difficult to find as there are signs and most people there do know this museum and will be able to give you directions. The museum cost 30TL...More

Thank KLjane
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum requires to move out of the tourist areas. Due to restoration work you can not see the central area that is closed to public. Mosaics and art work is limited, and not worth the visit unless you are going to the area. If...More

Thank kafu123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First, the museum is under renovation and will not be finished until 2020. Although we cannot see the wonderful exterior design, the interior mosaic decoration is amazing. It only took us 30 minutes to finish the tour but my friend and I like this place....More

Thank Lizzy S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although the church is under reconstruction, you can see plenty of the really beautiful mosaics. You should take there a taxi but it is really worth to visit this place with the mosaics in a really good shape and condition.

Thank Prinz_1080
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Chora Church, known as Kariye Camii locally is the home to some of the most inspirational religious art in the world. The mosaics and frescoes were done in two phases, some around 1080 and the rest around 1350. They depict the lives of Mary and...More

Thank 600JohnD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love churches, you will want to make the effort to come to the Chora Church. It takes a bit of searching and you must put in a little time, using buses, asking directions, etc., but we finally found it! Part of the church...More

Thank cocoanutty
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We like to take public transport when traveling and did so relatively effortlessly in Istanbul. However, getting to this attraction was a challenge. It is neither very well publicised nor sign posted. We got a bus and accessed the site with the help of google...More

Thank John T
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
Is the Museum now open on Wednesday? Thanks, - S
18 March 2016|
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Response from Datablade | Reviewed this property |
We were there last week and the schedule posted to their website is accurate. A good time to go is the morning - as it is easier to find an available cab when you are done. Enjoy!
zain j
I am planning my first trip after marriage to turkey in the month of february. how should i plan my 9 days is turkey. Kindly give your suggestions on the places and cities to visit and also on the time of the day to visit.
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
Hi there. I am doing a lecture for a cruise ship on mosaics. Does anyone have some good photos of the mosaics at the Kariye museum that I could use? I will, of course, give you full credit for your photo. Thanks.
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