Chora Museum (Kariye Müzesi)12
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.
The Asitane Restaurant where you can have delicious Ottoman meal is also very close to the museum.