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Chora Museum

4.3/5
98 Reviews
Church
Liked by 4
Closed Open from 9:00am-5:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: Dervişali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No:8, 34087 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90-212-6319241

What people are saying:

Mosaics and frescos are amazing. Mosaics show the story of Jesus, and also the life of Mary. Well worth a taxi ride!

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  • Mirani1969
    Mirani1969
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    Unique place

    Amazing place, unique spirit.... Was fascinated by the wall masterpieces kept in the years. Hope all those great paintings will be saved for the next generations.

    Reviewed on /Date(1607655994000+0800)/
  • 118mereditha
    118mereditha
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    Might be a better choice than the Haiga at the moment

    Really cool, well preserved mosaics. Area is on the dodgy side, but less oppressively touristy than Sultanahmet. Stroller was an issue, but staff (aside from ticket booth) quite helpful.

    Reviewed on /Date(1605995306000+0800)/
  • A2345FUjohnl
    A2345FUjohnl
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    Amazing mosaics and frescoes

    After hearing The Chora museum was being converted to a mosque, I had to go one more time while it was still posible to visit. It is still undergoing renovation work which I hope the continue. At the ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1604570460000+0800)/
  • ULGENAKSU
    ULGENAKSU
    ISTANBUL
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    A UNIQUE HAVEN OF BYZANTINE ART IN ISTANBUL WITH MOSAICS FROM THE 14TH CENTURY

    The beautiful Chora Museum, with its mesmerising mosaics and frescoes, is one of the unforgettable places in Istanbul. Unfortunately, the way it will be possible to see these beautiful works of art in...

    Reviewed on /Date(1603365087000+0800)/
  • Backpacker_0905
    Backpacker_0905
    San Luis Obispo, CA
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    RIP-OFF!! SAVE YOUR MONEY!

    It's a rip-off! First of all, there is only 2 tiny rooms with hardly anything to see! And IF the mosaics are real, then they only go back to the 14th Century. I'd happily pay the huge fee if the mosai...

    Reviewed on /Date(1603079510000+0800)/

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Introduction

A visit to Chora Church is something for the more adventurous traveler. Located in the Edirnekapi neighborhood just inside the Theodosian Walls, you can get here by bus or taxi but don't wander too far, because it is not the safest neighborhood. The visit is still well worth the effort. Chora Church houses what is arguably the most extensive and best preserved collection of Byzantine frescoes in Turkey. The walls, domes and archways contain elaborate and colorful renderings of saints, Old Testament Patriarchs and bible scenes. The most moving of these may be the Anastasis--a depiction of Christ rescuing Adam and Eve from perdition.
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