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Chora Museum, Istanbul

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See one of the best examples of Byzantine design in the region with a trip to Chora Museum, whose interior is entirely covered in fine mosaics and frescoes. Originally built by Constantine the Great, this church has been reconstructed five times. Most significantly, Ottoman rulers converted the structure into a mosque in the 16th century. A bit off the beaten path, you have to travel to Istanbul's Western Erdinekapı neighborhood to find this building, which opened as a secular museum in 1948. However, the masterful and aesthetically stunning interior makes this trip worthwhile. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Chora Museum by using our Istanbul online trip itinerary maker.
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  • This is a great church but it is under restoration at present and will be for some years. It is however still worth making the effort to come to this part of Istanbul to see the mosaics. There is a...  more »
  • Like all of the main sites in Istanbul it is under renovation. You can’t see the outside of the building and there is a lot of construction noise. We arrived just under half an hour before the...  more »
  • Definitely worth visiting just for all the beautiful mosaics. Another beautiful structure in old Istanbul with a lot of history.  more »
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  • This small museum (church made in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian) has amazingly maintained vivid colorful frescoes and mosaics. Such a treat to the eyes. It is a small museum so you don’t need much time but since each mosaic has a biblical story, take it all in.
  • Amazing frescoes here. Well preserved there are in-house guides you can pay for. They will probably give u more guidance. Building itself is under restoration works, also this will become a msoque in the future so it be interesting to see what happens o the frescoes
  • Only a small section of the museum was open when I visited but the entrance fee is not reduced. Also cheekily the rather unhelpful staff will let you rent the audio guide without explaining this. The mosaics are beautiful but you need a reasonably strong neck to look up for the length of time. Take your own guide (free from the internet).
  • Much of this church/museum is closed for restoration work and the ticket price has not been reduced. However, what was on show was amazing and well preserved. We had a museum pass and this site was included, so it didn't cost us extra and we enjoyed the journey and location as well.
  • I loved this place. The highlight of my trip. The mosaics give so much historic value. The shop seller was pleasant also. Maybe more seating is needed for those who can't stand much. Thanks.

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