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"Kariye Camii" Chora Church & Museum - Kariye Museum Tip by call_me_rhia

  one of the mosaics
by call_me_rhia

Do you like bizantine mosaics? Then head to Kariye Camii for some really fine one. At the beginning this building used to be a church, the church of The Holy Savior in Chora, but like the more famous Aya Sophia, it was converted into a mosque at the end of the 15th century, and became known as Kariye Camii. Today it has been turned into a museum.

The museum is small, so it tends to look a bit crowded when there are tour groups around, and my advice is to go there as early as possible - you need peace and quiet to admire the mosaics. They cover both walls and ceiling - and the glitter as gold - if you can get hold of a good descriptive guidebook you'll be very happy.

Mosaics aside, there's also a nave covered in frescos: it's interesting as well but it can't be compared with the mosaics - really among the finest in the world.

Address: edirnekapi district
Directions: next to really nothing: take a taxi to get there
Phone: +90 212 631 9241

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 23, 2005
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