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

Please take a audio guide for the church as personal guides are expensive and the main part of the church is closed you can only see the 8 mosaics out of 12.

Thank Usman S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked from Sultanahmet to the church which was a lot further than out travel app indicated but it was worth it. The mosaics are truly amazing. A beautiful, reflective,quiet place to visit. Pay for a guide to get the most out of your visit,...More

Thank Margaret E
Reviewed 2 days ago

It took some time to go to the Chora Church by bus from the Galata Bridge. I was surprised that the majority of the church was under restoration when I visited it in March 2017. However, only the mural of the porch and the left...More

Thank KoalaViaggio
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately they charged me ticket for 30 TL and it's not worth it because 90% of the church was closed due to restoration.

Thank Sultan B
Reviewed 6 days ago

A bit far from the city center, but nevertheless worthwhile visiting. The former church has the most beautiful christian frescos seen in Istanbul.

Thank Francois R
Reviewed 1 week ago

When we arrived at ca 10:00 the place was heaving with all nationalities. We had bought the Müzekart in advance (a great investment). Unfortunately, we could not hire an audioguide because we had no identification (passports left in the hotel). This is said to be...More

Thank Rod F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all, the location was remote and hard to reach, I've had the worst experience trying to get there, the street slopes were a bit harsh on my family. Then you reach this small museum ( which needs a 30 TL ticket which is...More

Thank Abdulelah A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum was not that close to anyother tourist destinations furthermore renovation process(outside of the building) so it was hard to figure out where it was. but when I got inside and saw the mosaïque murale, I was so touched by the gorgeousness and beauty....More

Thank jihye k
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the frescos and mosaics that we were able to see. There are two big hallways in the front and hallway in the back, but they are still renovating the main sanctuary and it is closed to the public. However, there is still...More

Thank jenniefromnebraska
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

what a piece of history!! the frescoes are all on the ceiling and you need to raise your head all the time but worth it. The entire story of Mary and Jesus is painted in pictures and one follows it through from one side to...More

Thank 3Shakera
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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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|
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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