Chora Museum (Kariye Müzesi)

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Key Info

Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sokak No: 8

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Museums, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Originally built as a Byzantine church, later converted to a mosque and now serving as a secular museum, the Chora Museum is definitely deserving of a visit. There, you'll find a series of beautiful mosaics and frescoes that many consider some of the best surviving examples of Byzantine art in the world.

Although this museum does not sit within walking distance of other top attractions, many previous visitors said its stunning artwork is worth the trek. However, some noted that a large chunk of the property is currently closed for renovations, while others suggest paying extra for a guide since historical information is not provided inside. Guides are available by the museum's entrance.

This former church is located in Fatih's Edirnekapi neighborhood. Tram, metro and train service is not offered in the immediate area, but you can reach the museum by bus or ferry. The building is open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; hours may vary by season. Tickets cost 15 Turkish lira ($4) per person, but if you have a Museum Pass Istanbul card, you can visit for free. Restrooms and a gift shop are available inside. Learn more about the Chora Museum on the property's website.

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