Chora ChurchCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
This well reserved Byzantine Church is perhaps the most beautiful of it’s kind still existing. It was built originally in the 5th century and then underwent extensive renovations in the 11th century. Its fine mozaics and frescoes were decorated in the 13th century. The mozaics tell apocryphal stories of Christian history, so research beforehand if you want to make a sense of this attraction. The Chora has been operating as a museum ever since 1958. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Istanbul itinerary 2 days.
- The audio tour is highly recommended.
- There is a nice cafe nearby.
- Taking a taxi would be time saving but expensive or you can take a bus till Edirnekapi.
- No toilet facilities.
- No flash camera or tripod allowed.
- Visitors have to buy their tickets 1 hour before the museum closing time.
- With Museum Pass Istanbul, you can visit Chora Museum free of charge and without having to queue.
- Summer Season (April-October): Last admission at 6.00 pm
- Winter Season (November-March): Last admission at 4:30 pm
- The Kariye Muhallebicisi Pudding Shop, serves a range of refreshments.
- Asitane Restaurant premium restaurant shares Turkish-Ottaman cuisine.
- Kariye Hotel Restaurants and Bar offers great food with deluxe rooms and car parking facility.
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28.65% of people who visit Istanbul include Chora Church in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
30.3% of people start their Chora Church visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Chora Church
94.18% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Chora Church
When I went this was under renovation the whole building was wrapped up. Lack of captions inside. You probably need to rent a audio guide device if you want to better understand the meaning of mosaics. The mosaics are very beautiful though!
Truly gorgeous mosaics; no indoor captions or written guidebook available (which I consider a serious deficiency for a so-called“museum”); indifferent staff; a long taxi ride to a place our driver had difficulty finding; no credit cards accepted .... and under construction indoors and out. This is a beautiful church with incredible art, and could have been an amazing experience. But the lackluster service and effort level undermined it. (On the bright side, it wasn’t totally overrun by my fellow tourists.)
Mostly closed for restoration but still full charge including my kids of 13 and 15. Nice what you can see. 2 corridors rest shut off. Outside under scaffolding. Suggest avoid for two years unless it reduces the entry fee.
I am sure when more than 50% of the Chora Museum is NOT closed for restoration or renovation, it would warrant 5 stars. The entire exterior, apse, and narthex were completely covered and closed when I visited. No information was available online indicating these closures either. It was still worth the visit, but I cannot give 5 stars. The frescoes are okay, but not really much of a draw compared to the restored mosaic remnants. The audio tour has good information, but in my opinion, there is insufficient information to orient yourself to the mosaics. Again, an amazing site to visit, with room for tremendous opportunities to improvement the visitor experience.
Though a part is under restoration, still this exceptional monument expresses all about the ancient world. One of the few remains of the Byzantium time. Must see.