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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  • Very interesting to visit byzantine church accompanied by a guide, not everything is accessible as numerous and endless renovations underway, as often, but exceptional mosaics in a magical place
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  • If and when we went made rebuilds around the Church and was closed inside at some points, we paid 30 Lyres in person! We were left impressed by the pictures with the mosaics inside the Church, several pictures were well preserved! The positive was that the watch the Church ages haven't done enough damage inside, although the Turks were asbestwsei. be opwssdipote to go ...
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  • Long a travelled this far, but it was worth it. As soon as you come into the Museum, immediately plunge into a kind of hypnotic atmosphere, from Mosaic to Mosaic, you can walk for hours looking at them from different angles. Amazing place, very impressive. Sorry do not have a guide, then donated.
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  • 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
  • I loved that place! Totally amazing. Restorations are still ongoing but every part of it smells history. You can see the details in everywhere. It tells the Jesus Christ's story generally but so much labor on it. Recommend!! I will come again after restorations over
  • While the Mosaics inside are wonderful, at the time we went (November 2017) more than half the facility was under restoration. Museum is in odd location in a largely residential area. When our cabin dropped us off there I was actually concerned we were taken to the wrong place!
  • The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora (Greek: Ἐκκλησία τοῦ Ἁγίου Σωτῆρος ἐν τῇ Χώρᾳ, Turkish: Kariye Müzesi, Kariye Camii, Kariye Kilisesi) is a medieval Byzantine Greek Orthodox church preserved as the Chora Museum in the Edirnekapı neighborhood of Istanbul.[1] The neighborhood is situated in the western part of the municipality (belediye) of the Fatih district. In the 16th century, during the Ottoman era, the church was converted into a mosque; it became a museum in 1948. The interior of the building is covered with some of the oldest and finest surviving Byzantine mosaics and frescoes; they were uncovered and restored after the building was secularized and turned into a museum.
  • The main part of the church is closed at the moment (November 2017) but the inner and outer narthex are open and really worth a visit. Buy the booklet in the gift shop for 7 lira. Just as good as a guide.

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