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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8 | 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 | Fatih, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Fener & Balat
+90 212 631 92 41
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Reviewed yesterday 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 ...

Thank Hasan A
Reviewed 4 days 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

Thank KS&HC
Reviewed 6 days ago

We spent several hours here admiring the artwork which totally covers the walls and ceilings of this old church. We took the optional audio guide, which was good but was initially very confusing as we couldn't seem to match the audio with what we were...More

Thank CAPerth
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If there is one place to see the splendour of Byzantium, this is it. It is off centre, which means you need to take a taxi. Totally worth it. The splendour of the mosaics and frescos is unbelievable. I was honestly gasping. Museum pass applies....More

Thank Gerasimos C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church was built in the 1000s. The artwork on the walls and ceiling is a flowering of the Byzantine spiritual world. There are revered figures with halos, angels, soldiers with sword and spear, priests in ornate robes, madonna and child, choirs, gilded images of...More

Thank Varty_10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't know about this wonderful place until my fiancé told me about it, we decided to go and it was a great choice. Is a medieval Byzantine Greek Orthodox church in Fatih district, just 5 min walking distance behind Edirnekapı bus station. The exterior...More

Thank berenice r
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although there are many historical sites in this one of the most beautiful city of the world, Kariye is a must see museum in Istanbul. It is almost impossible to see a similar church anywhere else. Every time we took friends to Istanbul, we first...More

Thank TrWorldTraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Currently undergoing renovation and therefore only a limited part of it is open to the public. However, it is as beautiful as the iconic Ayia Sophia even if it is much less known. Similarly, it was converted into a mosque and thereafter to a museum...More

Thank Mrragheb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
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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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