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Chora Museum, Istanbul

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Must see · Art Museum · History Museum
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See one of the best examples of Byzantine design in the region with a trip to Chora Museum, whose interior is entirely covered in fine mosaics and frescoes. Originally built by Constantine the Great, this church has been reconstructed five times. Most significantly, Ottoman rulers converted the structure into a mosque in the 16th century. A bit off the beaten path, you have to travel to Istanbul's Western Erdinekapı neighborhood to find this building, which opened as a secular museum in 1948. However, the masterful and aesthetically stunning interior makes this trip worthwhile. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Chora Museum by using our Istanbul online trip itinerary maker.
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  • Not that easy to get to, so I was very disappointed that is was closed for renovation and expected to be closed for at least a year. Apparently doing renovations both inside and outside as it wasn't....  more
    Not that easy to get to, so I was very disappointed that is was closed for renovation and expected to be closed for at least a year. Apparently doing renovations both inside and outside as it wasn't....  more »
  • It was very interesting and enlightening to look at what Australians call ANZAC cover from the direction of the inhabitants and defenders. The bravery and fortitude of the Turkish people and the... 
    It was very interesting and enlightening to look at what Australians call ANZAC cover from the direction of the inhabitants and defenders. The bravery and fortitude of the Turkish people and the...  more »
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  • Too pricy ticket (65 TL) for only watching a small size building ! They don’t even have change if you pay cash, better to pay by card. The external building is under renovation and covered by scaffolding and it is too noisy. The site has great byzantine mosaic and frescos
  • Note before heading here, it has been converted to a MOSQUE, and subsequently all the paintings etc. have been covered, so pretty much nothing left to see here.

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