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“Amazing mosaics”

Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
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Ranked #13 of 1,071 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.
Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Amazing mosaics”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

It seems like this church has suddenly made it onto the "must do" list as there are no street signs in the surrounding area. Most of the crowds of foreign tourists seemed to be on coach tours. I had some difficulty finding it, from the tram stop, but it was worth the effort. The mosaics are quite wonderful and very sad to see the state of damage.

Visited September 2013
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“Very interesting find, not so many tourists”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

A small find packed with a lot of Christian meaning. The oldest Christian establishment that I've ever been to.
Getting the audio book is a must; if they don't have your language make sure you have a book or something in advance.

Visited September 2013
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“amazing frescos”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

out of the way but definately a not miss. The frescos are terrific and the history is very interesting

Visited August 2013
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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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“Beautiful Church”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

The mosaics are wonderful. I love it as a Christian and my friend who is not a Christian is also very impressed too.

Visited August 2013
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“Very disappointing - better off going to aya sofia”
Reviewed 31 August 2013

Difficult to find. Not much to see. The fresco is nice but limited.
Not value for money.
I did not like the journey.

Visited August 2013
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