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“Don't miss this amazing church”

Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
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Ranked #13 of 1,104 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.
Reviewed 24 November 2013

Originally Church of the Holy Saviour Outside the Walls, then a mosque and now a museum, the Chora Church has the most amazing mosaics and fresco paintings, dating from the fourteenth century, which cover most of the interior. They tell the Christian story in vivid and beautiful detail. You need a guidebook to list the subjects depicted - the Lonely Planet guide has this on its last pages. The most powerful image is that of the Anastasis or Resurrection, a fresco in the side chapel, which brings Stanley Spencer to mind. Well worth the walk up. The Museum is included in the Museum card scheme: cost TL15. It is best to go at 9am or at lunchtime when the tour groups have gone to eat, otherwise it can be very crowded. The Pink Cafe opposite is good value, and afterwards you can walk along the Theodosian city walls and see the ruins of Constantine's palace.

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Reviewed 24 November 2013

Great mosaics. It was a Christian church transformed into a mosque.
Part of it was closed due to restoration work :(

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Reviewed 21 November 2013

I have reservations when my significant other suggested walking to The Choral Church, through Istanbul streets and up on a hill mind you. But I admit it... I was wrong. This was well worth the effort (and sweat), of navigating the haphazard streets to find The Choral Church. It has an interesting and ancient history. The interior's mosaics are a bit breath-taking.

There is also a small craft / souvenir stalls near by. Prices seem slightly higher (not by much) compared to the streets of Istanbul (excluding of course the Grand Bazaar which start much higher). The advantage of the Choral Church crafts are that they are far less pushy and seem accepting of people browsing.

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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Wonderful little church with incredible mosaics. You can couple a visit with a walk along the old City walls

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Reviewed 19 November 2013

To get the most out of your visit, make sure you either have a guide or a good guidebook with you, to explain the stories being depicted in the various scenes depicted by the mosaics and frescos. This is a little gem of a museum,and is definitely worth straying a bit off the beaten path to visit.

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