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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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“byzantine art”(102 reviews)
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...more
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Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8 | Karagümrük, Fatih, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
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Reviewed today

It is worth a visit if you have some time to spare in Istanbul . Its mosaics are beautiful . Being an old structure , some parts may be under restoration . There is a nice restaurant nearby .

Thank bsingh1952
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Tucked away from the crowds. Amazing frescoes and mosaics. Excellent value for the small entrance fee.

Thank Lisa E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Magnificent mosaics are the hallmark of this museum. It may be off the beaten path and a little difficult to find, regardless highly recommended. Do yourself a favor and find this gem.

Thank cliffordg769
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As others have noted, the Chora Church is off the tourist trail but it's worth the trip. It has beautiful mosaics. You will need to take a taxi to get there, and be sure to have the driver wait for you. There weren't a lot...More

Thank gcannon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While this may be a little “off the beaten track” definitely worth a visit to see the stunning mosaics. Currently under restoration so the whole building is not visible. Go with someone who can tell the story of the frescos or do some research before...More

Thank AndieChisholm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We paid 30 TL for the entrance. Note that the biggest part of the church is under construction so your visit will last maximum 15 minutes. The mosaics are beautiful and fascinating however if you haven't enough time you can miss it because you have...More

Thank Rabih S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we traveled 45 minutes one way to reach chora church from sultanhemet to find that 95 percent is under restoration. one small section on the ground floor is open but its not worth it.! u can barely see anything. Ideally they should mention this on...More

2  Thank exploredaunexplored
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A short walk from Edirnekepi tram stop through some colourful streets, this church is covered in scaffolding but inside you are spoilt with 14th century Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. Take the audio guide for the stories to come to life. Thanks for the vote if...More

Thank nilintentum_reliquit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Kariye is a little bit of a trek if you're staying in Sultanahmet or Taksim, but a trek well worth your time. I'm an art historian, so not visiting the Kariye would be a crime of sorts - these are among the very best...More

Thank Ann M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So we took a day tour and the place I wanted to visit (Dolmabahçe Palace) is closed on Tuesdays. So we got substituted Chora Church. While the history behind it might be interesting, the place was a huge disappointment to me. You can literally finish...More

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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