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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
+90 212 631 92 41
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Not sure why they have kept it open since one gets to see only a very small portion of the building with the ongoing renovation work. Especially since this museum is not located near other key attractions, so making a long trip just to see...More

Thank Chetna K
Reviewed 2 days ago

A must see when trying to visit more than just the top tourist highlights of the city. Wonderfully kept (and currently being resorted), compact church with unique mosaics and frescoes, and its own very Istanbul-specific history. Don't forget to stroll down to the city centre...More

Thank SbmNwj
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The majestic artworks within this byzantine church is truly breathtaking. I was blown away. Highly recommend you visit this place.Entrance for two ppl 60TL

1  Thank ContessaLM
Reviewed 5 days ago

Many people are content with the beauty of today's Ayasoyfa, but history nerds like me lament at how much more beautiful Ayasoyfa must have been before it was vandalized by Byzantine iconoclasts and censored by Ottoman conquerors. Fortunately, we can still get a glimpse of...More

1  Thank Jay Y
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Chora museum was on my personal list of places to see, and it was included in a tour we found through our Hotel, so we took the tour. Most of the museum is under renovation and the Sanctuary is closed, however, some of it was...More

1  Thank ctocm_aw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think it's a must when you are in Istanbul. Wonderful mosaics and frescoes. Part of the church is closed and under restoration but you still can enjoy this wonderful and very powerful art.

Thank Stellacita
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting place, almost unique in this part of the world. Interesting architecture, typical byzantine style.

Thank Mihaela C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This former church and mosque is a little hard to get to but worth the trip, as it has a gallery filled with some of the best mosaics and friezes from the early Christian Era in Istanbul. You can get a bus from Eminonu that...More

Thank peacemaker100
Reviewed 8 November 2017

A bizantin jewel! Beautiful mosaics relating historics and christian moments. A place to be visited.

Thank Volkahle
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

The tile work paintings are remarkable for their art and depiction of the life of Hazrat Maryam and Hazrat Isa a.s. the paintings are unique and a relic of rich Byzantine art.

Thank Ali J
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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s m
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