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“A must see whe in Istanbul”

Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
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Constantinople Small-Group Tour of Istanbul with Lunch
Ranked #13 of 1,051 things to do in Istanbul
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in the western, Erdinekapı district of İstanbul. In the 16th century, the church was converted into a mosque by the Ottomon rulers, and it became a secularised museum in 1948. The interior of the building is covered with fine mosaics and frescoes.
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“A must see whe in Istanbul”
Reviewed 19 May 2012

This church is difficult to get to but well worth the effort. The mosaics and frescos are outstanding. Take the tram and train and then get a taxi for the last couple of kilometers. We got ripped off by a taxi driver who was waiting outside the chuch when we left - be aware that even if a price is agreed its not always adhered to. We gave the original amount only and the driver wasn't happy but be aware this does happen. For such a major attraction this was a disappointing end to the visit.

Visited May 2012
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“Stunning frescoes”
Reviewed 18 May 2012

Stunning frescoes and mosaics. Not overwhelmed by crowds, so there is a chance to see everything.

Visited May 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“A lovely Byzantine Church in an interesting, non touristy neighborhood in Istanbul”
Reviewed 17 May 2012 via mobile

This should be on the must see list for anyone interested in history and in viewing Iconic mosaics. These mosaics are as lovely as the ones in the Aya Sophia but are more accessible as the site is smaller and there are no crowds. There is a nice small rose garden around the site. Take the ferry to get here as you get a nice view of the city from the water. You can then taxi or bus back to the Galata bridge. Walk around the neighborhood as well, to get a true flavor of a real working city neighborhood. The waterfront park area is a nice respite from a very busy city, particularly on a hot day!

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Granada, İspanya
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Reviewed 17 May 2012

The mosaics in this former church turned mosque are exquisite and well worth the time it takes to get there.

Visited May 2012
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“Do not miss these mosaics”
Reviewed 16 May 2012

Our guide toured the church's ancient mosaics with us, making sure we understood the biblical stories being portrayed. The mosaics are in wonderful condition and are well worth going to see. Then have lunch outdoors at the beautiful Asitane Restaurant nearby.

Visited May 2012
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