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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 5 days ago via mobile

This was by far the most interesting museum/church. The mosaics are very well preserved and it is under constant restoration. Design of church and its history interesting. In quiet area so not too many tourists.

Thank Mespey
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The most interesting place I ve ever been. All the icons of Bizant time, the inspiration for everything that painters can dare to see. Amazing. Go there and feel

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Kariye is undergoing restoration, so limted access only. the project is expected to last for another 2 years. the church has soem of the best and most impressive mosaics in any byzantine church,and i made a special trip to go there having visited many...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These people made invaluable mosaics and frescoes The constructor wanted to remind us that Christ become human being for people salvation

Thank arthadji
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately the Church is undergoing extensive renovation at the moment preventing an exterior view however the mosaics are incredible and this is a must visit during your stay in Istanbul - go in the early morning before the heat of the day - if you...More

Thank Heather F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What you see of the mosaics is amazing but the church is undergoing extensive restoration. The exterior of the church is hidden by scaffolding. Inside you can only see the entrance and side chapel but not the main body of the church. Only recommended once...More

Thank Timothy H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful place to visit. Lovely peaceful feeling pervades. One of the must see places in Istanbul for sure.

Thank Adventureglo61
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After Agia Sofia, the most important place of the history of Byzantium to be visited. Wonderful mosaics!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were able to see 15% of the Museum for 100% of the price. And what we saw wasn't that good, as the museum is in fact in dire need of being refurbished. This building has been clearly neglected for many years, but the renovation...More

1  Thank Suisse-Quebec
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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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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Larry C
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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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