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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), Istanbul

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See one of the best examples of Byzantine design in the region with a trip to Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), 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. Use our Istanbul vacation planner to visit Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) on your trip to Istanbul, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The small church has the most complete Byzantine mosaics that exist. Count on Orthodox version, the story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. It is worth arriving early to avoid many tourists, or explanations of various tabs at the same time cause confusion. The Church is undergoing restoration, and its outside is covered by some sort of gym. Is a visit less known but very beautiful. Is next to the walls of Constantinople, pass also to meet.
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  • a thread that takes you from Venice to Istanbul ... a must see, because to get there if you go on foot going through unknown areas very attractive
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  • It is a former Abbey Church of Chora, later as the Kahriye mosque and now a fine Museum with really very beautiful, rare Byzantine frescoes and mosaics. The mosaics of Christos Pantokrator/ruler of the world and of Holy Mary with the so beautiful angels are incredibly beautiful. A Byzantine celebrity in Istanbul. .
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  • Kariye Museum originally formed the center of a Byzantine monastery complex. Only the church section, which was dedicated to Jesus Christ the Savior, has survived. After the arrival of the Turks in Istanbul, this building, like the Hagia Sophia, was converted into a mosque. In 1948 it was made a museum leaving no Islamic element in the building except the 19C minaret outside in the corner. “Kariye” is the Turkish adaptation of an ancient Greek word “Chora” which refers to countryside. Considering the perimeter of the walls of Constantine (4C AD) the building was located out of the city. If this theory is correct Chora Monastery should have been from the 4C. But unfortunately according to sources, the existence of Chora Monastery before the 8C is not certain.
  • Would give 5 stars but it was being renovated. Renovation is good, but full price during renovation is not. What little was available was beautiful, but I would recommend waiting until the repairs are finished.
  • This is one the spectacular ancient Church. Chora Church is very important for Christian history and New testament. It's my favorite attraction place in Istanbul. I highly recommend you guys to visit this beautiful church.
  • This museum is a little bit outside the main touristic area. It's essentially a church, with nice mosaics and a unique feel to it. Not worth a detour, in my opinion, even though it has a lot of history and it's a significant landmark. If you do go, there's a big ceramics shop right outside the museum (on your left as you walk out, 10 meters), definitely worth stepping in.
  • It is off he main attractions like saint sophia and blue mosque but it is a must see with beautifully preserved mosaic work, you walk thru the pages of bible.:)
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