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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
Fener & Balat
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+90 212 631 92 41
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The main area was closed for renovation. The signage is awful. The venue is hard to find. But let none of this deter you. The mosaics which are still accessible are simply incredible. In a world of hype and exaggeration, only this word is suitable....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

a great museum to see.. Turkey is an amazing country to travel.. We are impressed. and Turkish people are very kind. I am in love with Istanbul

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beautiful church, now a museum is a MUST! when visiting Istanbul It is located off the tourist path, so you have to make an effort to get there-probably a short Uber or cab ride from Sultanahmet The museum has the best preserved mosaics in...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Simply put, these are some of the most absolutely beautiful mosaics I've ever seen. Unfortunately it was under construction while I visited and some parts where unavailable for viewing, I could still appreciate the beauty of what was available to see. I'd like to return...More

Thank MasterShake72
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth a visit for those who love mosaics ... though more than half of the church is under restoration so no view of its exteriors

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As of June 1, the entire outside of the Church is covered and the Nave is closed. The small narthex and one side gallery are available to visit. For most visitors the location will be out of the way, and not worth the effort until...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clearly a wonderful place to go, but, check the status of building works as access was limited. We loved what we were able to see, however

Thank Rosemary054
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although the museum is having renovations there is still plenty to see. We were approached by a guide, Serdar Donmez and this was welcome as he made all the mosaics and frescoes understandable. He charged us 20 Euros and this was very reasonable. We would...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Restoration underway. Outside of building completely covered with scaffolding. Can still visit inside but portions are cordoned off so the 30 lira entrance fee is not worth the money. Better to come when restoration works are completed. In the meantime, they should reduce the entrance...More

Thank Ginny G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately it was under restoration when I visited (like many other sights in Istanbul). I understand the importance of restoring buildings, but I have noted several "botched" restorations while in Istanbul (i.e. performed not in line with international standards). Hopefully this will not be the...More

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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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