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Chora Museum

Chora Museum

(Kariye Müzesi)
Dervis Ali, Fatih
  • Beum T.
    "Wonderful mosaic to see in this old Orthodox Church."(2 Tips)
    Carl G.
    "Beautiful mosaic and fresco laden church, now a museum."(2 Tips)
    Tugra G.
    "Asitane restaurant"(2 Tips)
    Réka Manon
    "amazing mosaics have survived centuries!"(2 Tips)
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  • Polina K.
    Polina KarpenkoJanuary 22
    Awesome mosaics
  • Яна А.
    Good place for rest
  • Oznur G.
    Oznur GokhanDecember 26, 2017
    Frescos and mosaics are magnificent. You should visit..
  • Gökhan S.
    Gökhan SağlıkNovember 28, 2017
    Restorasyon bit... bit... bit... miyor 😩
  • Başak
    BaşakNovember 14, 2017
    restoration is still going on inside, small part is open but amazing place 💫 You can use your MüzeKart
  • Ülkem A.
    Ülkem AksarMay 9, 2017
    Mozaikler olağanüstü
  • Hazal E.
    Hazal ErolApril 7, 2017
    If you have a chance, I recommend you to visit this museum with a tour guide. (If you find a cheapest one of course) It is worth to listen the story behind the fresco and mosaics.
  • Mowaffaq A.
    Mowaffaq AlghamdiSeptember 13, 2016
    It doesn't worth it, I walked for long distances and very difficult terrain to find under repair building and most of it was closed
  • Gursu B.
    Gursu BasaranSeptember 10, 2016
    Must see place in Istanbul
  • Andre S.
    Andre SoaresAugust 3, 2016
    Great hidden church. Buy the guide book to follow the mosaics in the right order.
  • Elias S.
    Elias SMarch 6, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Metochites created a marvel!!! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
  • Ergun B.
    Ergun BirolFebruary 23, 2016
    Marvelous church. Strongly suggest to have a guide to get the full picture
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJanuary 1, 2016
    Beautiful mosaic and fresco laden church, now a museum. A great example of Byzantine art.
  • Tugra G.
    Tugra GöndenDecember 12, 2015
    Under restoration but definitely worth seeing, try the Asitane restaurant afterwards for authentic Ottoman cuisine
  • Gizem T.
    Gizem T.September 24, 2015
  • Sophie B.
    Sophie BakalarSeptember 21, 2015
    Beautiful little church away from all the tourist attractions in Istanbul. Great examples of Byzantine art and mosaics. It's very tiny though; only three rooms to tour during renovations.
    Upvoted 1 day ago
  • Volkan B.
    Volkan BayramJuly 18, 2015
    Church is being renovated.You can see three corridors outside the church. Figures on the wall and ceiling are beatiful. I recommend you to buy the book to understand what those figures means.
  • Réka Manon
    Réka ManonJune 15, 2015
    It is really a wonder how that amazing mosaics have survived centuries! The church is under renovation, only partly visiting is possible, entrance fee 15 Tl.
  • Katrine D.
    Katrine DheereFebruary 28, 2015
    The most beautiful part is closed for renovation, but still it's definitely worth a visit.
  • M A.
    M ALDossary ♏January 11, 2015
    Historical Church
  • Umut Ç.
    Umut ÇakmakJanuary 4, 2015
    A very good alternative to the other famous attractions. Go there with a professional tour guide and learn all about the exceptional frescoes and the history of Christianity.
  • Cem A.
    Cem AkatNovember 18, 2014
    Grap a bite at Asitane while u there.
  • Gábor I.
    Gábor IttzésAugust 16, 2014
    Under reconstruction. Only the narthex and the south isle can be visited. Still worth it.
  • Jan N.
    Jan NeeAugust 9, 2014
    Worth the trip. The most amazing mosaics and frescoes I have ever seen.
  • GypsyYogi
    GypsyYogiJune 16, 2014
    Beautiful place! Use ITS tourism - Mr. Mahmet for great stories!
  • Chuck D.
    Chuck DroegeMay 25, 2014
    Great place to stop but a little out of the way. Easy way to get back is to take a left when coming out and then a left down the hill and presto taxsi stand.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MApril 20, 2014
    As of April 2014, credit cards are accepted for payment of ticket and audio guide. Currently, the Naos is closed for renovation.
  • Irem Y.
    Irem YorukDecember 8, 2013
    This is a must see but bad news: it is under construction until another year. That is so stupid.
  • LolaLulu
    LolaLuluOctober 25, 2013
    a Must to See so beautiful and very impressing is Chora Church💒
  • Mehmet A.
    Mehmet AJuly 18, 2013
    Kultur gezisi
  • Elif
    ElifJuly 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Just amazing and peaceful like u r actually in the 'chora'! Very well protected late-period Byzantine art base on La Madonna which is pretty rare to find. RIP Methokites †
  • Mallie T.
    Mallie TJuly 2, 2013
    QR codes work great for free extra info! Good alternative to paying for the audio guide.
  • Mika A.
    Mika Amal YFebruary 25, 2013
    Although Istanbul has so many historical places, this is a must go spot if you are a history buff! Make sure you have the Audio(10TL) with you because they're really good!
  • Süleyman A.
    Süleyman AslanDecember 30, 2012
    Good one to spend time
  • IzApps
    IzAppsSeptember 10, 2012
    We wish you a pleasant Chora visit. If you want to take Chora home with you, you can download the official application here.
  • Turki A.
    Turki AMay 28, 2012
    use the audio device it cost 5TL without it you cant understand much from the place
  • Museum Pass Istanbul Distributor
    Additional advantages of the Museum Pass Istanbul include discounts at elite private museums, more than twenty arts and entertainment venues, museum shops and GES Shops.
  • Museum Pass Istanbul Distributor
    Purchase Museum Pass Istanbul, on sale at many of the city's hotels. The card allows you to save time and money by offering admission to six must-see museums without having to queue up.
    DHR.comFebruary 9, 2012
    Also known as the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, this amazing church is one of the finest examples of Byzantine church architecture. Lots of beautiful frescoes and paintings to be found here
  • Yudum M.
    Yudum Macit KarakulakyanOctober 31, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Sakın flaş kullanmayın!
  • Yudum M.
    Yudum Macit KarakulakyanOctober 31, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Please don't take pictures with "flash"! Non scattare le Foto con "flash"!!
  • Beum T.
    Beum ThanachaiOctober 30, 2011
    Wonderful mosaic to see in this old Orthodox Church.
  • Hazal D.
    Hazal Deniz3 weeks ago
    19 Tem. 2018 tarihinde büyük restorasyonda. 1.bölüm kapalı 2.ve3.bölümleri açık. Bilet 30₺
  • Veli G.
    Veli GürgahFebruary 9
  • Лизавета
    все в реставрационных лесах, но мозаика и фрески поражают...
  • Doğan G.
    Doğan GüryayNovember 20, 2017
  • Mine ç.
    Mine ç.October 30, 2017
    Tur rehberi ile gezdim muzeyi size de tavsiye ederim.Mozaikler muhtesem. Kronolojik sirayla anlatimla gorsellik birlesince muazzam oluyor. Giris 30 TL. Muze kart geciyor.Gidin derim pisman olmazsiniz.
  • aysesena
    aysesenaOctober 8, 2017
    Mozaikler harika 👍🏻
  • Cihan Ö.
    Cihan ÖzkanSeptember 29, 2017
    Bizans Sanatı. Basit ama ayrıntılı.
  • 👫iki DeLi👫
    👫iki DeLi👫June 28, 2017
    Bir Zeugma müzesi ile kıyaslanamaz ama hiç mozaik müzesi görmediyseniz bi görün derim
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