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Chora Museum

Chora Museum

(Kariye Müzesi)
Museum, History Museum, and Historic and Protected Site
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    Bm 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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  • 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.
  • Sophie B.heart icon on user image
    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
  • 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.
  • Elifheart icon on user image
    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 †
  • Umut Ç.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • E Y.heart icon on user image
    E YSeptember 18, 2020
    Before going,check Serif Yenen’s virtual tour video on YouTube so you will know whole story of frescoes inside.Currently turning to a mosque,a mihrab has been brought but frescoes are open for now
    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
  • Tugra G.heart icon on user image
    Tugra GöndenDecember 12, 2015
    Under restoration but definitely worth seeing, try the Asitane restaurant afterwards for authentic Ottoman cuisine
  • By B
    By BNovember 14, 2017
    restoration is still going on inside, small part is open but amazing place 💫 You can use your MüzeKart
  • 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.
  • Réka Manonheart icon on user image
    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.
  • Carl G.heart icon on user image
    Carl GriffinJanuary 1, 2016
    Beautiful mosaic and fresco laden church, now a museum. A great example of Byzantine art.
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  • Oznur G.heart icon on user image
    Oznur GokhanDecember 26, 2017
    Frescos and mosaics are magnificent. You should visit..
  • Andre S.heart icon on user image
    Andre SoaresAugust 3, 2016
    Great hidden church. Buy the guide book to follow the mosaics in the right order.
  • 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.
  • LolaLuluheart icon on user image
    LolaLuluOctober 25, 2013
    a Must to See so beautiful and very impressing is Chora Church💒
  • 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.
  • GypsyYogi
    GypsyYogiJune 16, 2014
    Beautiful place! Use ITS tourism - Mr. Mahmet for great stories!
  • Mallie T.heart icon on user image
    Mallie TJuly 2, 2013
    QR codes work great for free extra info! Good alternative to paying for the audio guide.
  • Jan N.heart icon on user image
    Jan NeeAugust 9, 2014
    Worth the trip. The most amazing mosaics and frescoes I have ever seen.
  • Gábor I.
    Gábor IttzésAugust 16, 2014
    Under reconstruction. Only the narthex and the south isle can be visited. Still worth it.
  • Ergun B.heart icon on user image
    Ergun BirolFebruary 23, 2016
    Marvelous church. Strongly suggest to have a guide to get the full picture
  • Gursu B.heart icon on user image
    Gursu BasaranSeptember 10, 2016
    Must see place in Istanbul
  • Mowaffaq A.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Enrique S.heart icon on user image
    Enrique SallentAugust 31, 2018
    Beautiful art work. Very small.
  • Cem A.
    Cem AkatNovember 18, 2014
    Grap a bite at Asitane while u there.
  • Irem Y.heart icon on user image
    Irem YorukDecember 8, 2013
    This is a must see but bad news: it is under construction until another year. That is so stupid.
  • David G.heart icon on user image
    David G.October 21, 2018
    Beautiful, dont miss
  • Яна А.
    Яна АнитоваJanuary 12, 2018
    Good place for rest
  • M A.heart icon on user image
    M Aldoss ♏January 11, 2015
    Historical Church
  • Gizem T.heart icon on user image
    Gizem T.September 24, 2015
  • Turki A.
    Turki AMay 28, 2012
    use the audio device it cost 5TL without it you cant understand much from the place
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    -May 9, 2017
    Mozaikler olağanüstü
  • Polina K.heart icon on user image
    Polina KarpenkoJanuary 22, 2018
    Awesome mosaics
  • Bm T.
    Bm ThanOctober 30, 2011
    Wonderful mosaic to see in this old Orthodox Church.
  • Gökhan S.heart icon on user image
    Gökhan SağlıkNovember 28, 2017
    Restorasyon bit... bit... bit... miyor 😩
  • Yudum M.heart icon on user image
    Yudum Macit KarakulakyanOctober 31, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Please don't take pictures with "flash"! Non scattare le Foto con "flash"!!
  • Mehmet A.
    Mehmet AJuly 18, 2013
    Kultur gezisi
  • Süleyman A.heart icon on user image
    Süleyman AslanDecember 30, 2012
    Good one to spend time
  • Yudum M.heart icon on user image
    Yudum Macit KarakulakyanOctober 31, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Sakın flaş kullanmayın!
  • Meltem ..heart icon on user image
    Meltem ...November 22, 2016
    İstanbul zaten başlı başına bir tarih şehri. Burası da Bizans mimarisinin en güzel örneklerinden biri olarak günümüzde tarihe ışık tutmakta. İstanbulda kültür turu yapacaksanız burayı da mutlaka gezin
  • Murat D.heart icon on user image
    Murat DemirJanuary 10, 2016
    İtalyaya gitmeden önce ve rönesans hakkında görüş bildirmeden önce mutlaka görülmesi gereken yer. Müthiş mozaikler ve sahneler var. Bizansin son donem eserlerinden. Restorasyon hala devam ediyor.
  • Hkn S.heart icon on user image
    Hkn SglmDecember 14, 2014
    Şehrin kenarında kalmasına rağmen görkemli tavan ve duvar süslemeleriyle harika bir yer. Bu vakte kadar neden gitmediğime gerçekten üzülüyorum. Şiddetle tavsiye edeceğim bir yer.
  • Evoheart icon on user image
    EvoApril 6, 2019
    Ufak ama etkileyici bir yer. Mutlaka uğrayın. Giriş 45 lira ve müze kart satılmıyor. Müze kart alıp da gidin.
  • Andrey K.heart icon on user image
    Andrey KaledaOctober 20, 2015
    Один из лучших музеев, которых удалось посетить в Стамбуле. Наверное он не столь популярен у молодежи, но я настоятельно рекомендую посетить. По музейной карте вход бесплатный. Место завораживающее.
  • Turco M.heart icon on user image
    Turco ManiacFebruary 17, 2019
    Balat’ta yer alan tarihi bir müze. Aslen bir Bizans kilisesidir. Mükemmel mozaikleri mutlaka görülmeli. Şu anda tadilatta ama ana kısmı gezebilirsiniz.
  • S
    SMay 12, 2019
    Rönesansın başlangıç noktası, şahane bir eser. İçerisinde kronolojik olarak mozaik ve fresk sanatıyla hıristiyanlık tarihi betimlenmiştir. Çok önemli bir ziyaret yeridir. Bakarken boynunuza dikkat :)
  • Mine ç.heart icon on user image
    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.
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