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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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  • We were eager to see the mosaics and eventually found our way to Chora Church, only to find it closed for renovation and being converted into a mosque (2 April 2022). The kind folks at the Pembe cafe....  more
    We were eager to see the mosaics and eventually found our way to Chora Church, only to find it closed for renovation and being converted into a mosque (2 April 2022). The kind folks at the Pembe cafe....  more »
  • Shut for renovation , couldn’t get in due to renovations and all restaurants around were closed. In a run down part of town and felt unsafe even in the daytime. Probably best visited with a guide and....  more
    Shut for renovation , couldn’t get in due to renovations and all restaurants around were closed. In a run down part of town and felt unsafe even in the daytime. Probably best visited with a guide and....  more »
  • The Vora Cora or Chora Museum, also known as the Chora Church, is one of the oldest churches in Istanbul. In the following, we will get more acquainted with this historical monument. For many... 
    The Vora Cora or Chora Museum, also known as the Chora Church, is one of the oldest churches in Istanbul. In the following, we will get more acquainted with this historical monument. For many...  more »
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  • Too pricy ticket (65 TL) for only watching a small size building ! They don’t even have change if you pay cash, better to pay by card. The external building is under renovation and covered by scaffolding and it is too noisy. The site has great byzantine mosaic and frescos
  • Note before heading here, it has been converted to a MOSQUE, and subsequently all the paintings etc. have been covered, so pretty much nothing left to see here.
  • This is very expencive ticket to see just some partly preserved mosaics. I would have skipped it if I knew better.
  • Quite the ripoff. The building is under renovation, only a couple rooms can be seen, yet the entrance ticket is full price. Too bad, as it seems to be really beautiful.
  • Mosaic and frescoes are high quality and reflect western early rennasaince influences on late Byzantine sacred art.

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