Chora ChurchCurrently Closed
- Address: Ayvansaray Mh., Kariye Cami Sk. No:26, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey, Istanbul
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +90-2126319241
- Ticket Price: 15 TRY
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Museum, History Museum, Landmark, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Chora Church - Review
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.
Chora Church Information
- 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.
Chora Church Ticket Prices
- With Museum Pass Istanbul, you can visit Chora Museum free of charge and without having to queue.
Chora Church Hours
- Summer Season (April-October): Last admission at 6.00 pm
- Winter Season (November-March): Last admission at 4:30 pm
How To reach Chora Church by Public Transport
Restaurants Near Chora Church
- 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Chora Church
28.52% 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
Chora Church Trips
Chora Church, Istanbul Reviews
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.
I give 5 stars because of its mosaics inside which are absolutely incredibly made. The level of byzantine art can be seen at its real peak here. Inside you can find, like in an old church an amazing entry and some corridors with walls painted or decorated by real mosaics. The biggest downside is the fact that by the time I write this review the church (now a mosque/museum) is closed by half of it because of conservation and restauration issues. But you can see the entrance and the right side of the navy, which has the most important paintings and mosaics on it. PS. The timetable is modified, the museum is opened only starting with 1:00 pm (13:00 o'clock).
You will feel you have traveled back in time you will feel the chills while walking in this masterpiece! Don’t forget to rent a recorded guide. It’s a very small museum but worth visiting.
Definitely a highlight in our trip. Originally built as part of a monastery complex, this is one of the few remaining Byzantine churches in Istanbul. It really stands out for its many beautiful decorations in its interior. Huge crowds, but worth the trek up and down the small streets.
Unbelievable and amazing..! History pulls and draws you in if you let it. For a moment I almost felt the presence of the people of Byzantian era. I thought about how they were here before us. This visit might be a spiritually englightening one. It might broaden your horizons and let you think and feel differently even if it is for a few minutes or seconds. I wholeheartedly recommend visiting this place. Best.