Crazy mosaics

Chora Museum (Kariye Müzesi)

Save to list
Review Photos Comments Contacts

Why locals love it

It's the best historical place in Istanbul where the Roman mosaics and frescos are very well preserved. Besides Kariye museum's location is in the middle of a hidden paradise. It's close to Roman city walls, martyrdom and Mihrimah mosque by Architect Sinan.

Why you should visit it

It's a very well preserved church to see the Roman art of Istanbul. You will be fascinated by the atmosphere of the mosaics and frescos where the story of Jesus and Virgin Mary is told. To rent a voice guide is highly recommended.

Special tip

The Asitane Restaurant where you can have delicious Ottoman meal is also very close to the museum.

Have a comment or question?

Photo author: Author:
Source URL: URL:

5 Comments

One of my fav. Interesting museum with mosaics. Hard to find taxi in that neighborhood
deniz
Local
October 5, 2018
One of the oldest landmark in the city with superb mosaics
Hakan
Local
November 17, 2017
I'm appreciated for the supporting info. The first use of the term "Byzantine" to label the later years of the Roman Empire was in 1557, when the German historian Hieronymus Wolf published his work Corpus Historiæ Byzantinæ. It was not until the mid-19th century that the term came into general use in the Western world. So it's completely correct, when we call the period as Eastern Roman Empire, which was the continuation of the Roman Empire in the East during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages :)
Dilek
Local
January 3, 2017
Actually it was a is a medieval Byzantine Greek Orthodox priory and the biggest part of the current building dates from 1077–1081. Theodore Metochites endowed the church with many of its fine mosaics and frescos around 1320. It was converted into a mosque by Sultan Bayezid II.
Sagitart
Traveller
January 3, 2017
Wow! Don't forget to fill out your profile as well, Dilek!
Ülane
Traveller
November 22, 2016

Top local tours & activities in Istanbul

All tours ›
Live tips.
In your pocket.
Locals' favourite cafes, restaurants, bars and sights in your mobile. 100% offline.