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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) by using our Istanbul online trip itinerary maker .
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  • Unfortunately a minimal part is visibile because it's under restauration but the mosaics and the frescoes are wonderful!  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit to The Chita Church museum. You can do a self guided tour but we went with a guide, Tarik Saylan, who was very knowledgeable and really lovely to tour with. Beautiful frescoes. A ...  more »
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  • One of the most memorable places we've visited on our 5 day trip to Istanbul. It is really a miracle this little place still stands. Come prepared: read up the history of Chora church or get a guide who can interpret the mosaics for you. You can get an audio guide at the ticket booth, but it is not very comprehensively informative (at least the English version of it).
  • The church is very beautiful. However, do note that currently the main area is closed for restoration and only some smaller rooms can be visited. Still worth it.
  • It is good actually. We were not allowed to see all of them due to restoration. We saw a little part of all. Nevertheless, I like this place which is a combination both Muslim and Christian religions
  • Majority of the space is closed for renovations. Glad we did not make the trip just for this museum. Lovely outdoor cafe/restaurant terrace across from the entrance.
  • Far from the old city. You need to take a bus and walk a bit to get to the museum. But majority of it is under restoration. There were only 3 rooms which you can see. Despite that the fee is still 30 TRY without any discount. It takes no less than 15 minutes for quite an effort. On the other hand, the museum doesn’t have any information desk/panel. You probably need a tour guide. Waste of time, effort and money
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