Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), Istanbul

4.4
#3 of 101 in Museums in Istanbul
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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  • But given that much of it is going through renovations (much like everything in Istambul) you barely get to see something. You still pay for full price which makes it even worse.  more »
  • It was a small but a very beautiful church. Transportation is a bit hard so I would say this place shouldn’t be your priority when you come to Istanbul. Lovely patterns and mosaics.  more »
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  • Place is good from historical point of view but only a very small portion of premises is open. Worth going but no need to buy tickets at a costly price. Good to view from outside.
  • Small, very small. Parts of it were still under renovation, thus, covered. The guide tells stories of the mosaics in a quite descriptive form. Access to the museum isn't any easier either. Overall, I wouldn't recommend the effort although it is a Christian church in a Islamic Istanbul.
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