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Constantinople Small-Group Tour of Istanbul with Lunch
"Begin your small-group tour with a pickup from your centrally located Istanbul hotel. Aboard your air-conditioned minivan learn about Istanbul when it was Constantinople capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.Stop at the Sarachane district on the city’s European side to stroll around the ruins of the 6th-century St Polyeuktos church once one of Constantinople’s most significant Christian places of worship. Admire its carved remnants and then make your way to the 12th-century Church of the Pantocrator another important Constantinople landmark. View this former monastery church now a mosque
From EUR90.00
 
Private Tour: Hidden Istanbul
"We will pick you up from your hotel or cruise port and start the tour by having a panoramic visit through the Golden Horn where we get to see the famous Kadir Has Universitythe Church of Aya Nikola (Santa Claus) the Greek Red Schoolthe Greek-Ortodoks PatriarchateSveti Stefan Bulgarian Churcthe city walls of the old Constantinople and the dungeons of Anemas.Then we will start with our visits to the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque (built in between 1562-1565 by the great architect Sinandedicated to the beloved daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent than respectively the Chora Museum
From EUR350.00
 
Golden Horn Half Day Morning Tour in Istanbul
"Meet up in the morning to begin this half-day tour of Istanbul by food cable car and boat. First ascend up Pierre Loti Hill via cable car to see a large swath of this historic metropolis. See walls of Constantinople Chora Church Topkapi Gate and the Castle of Seven Towers. After board a comfortable boat and cruise around Istanbul
From EUR35.00

Chora Church & Museum - Kariye Museum Tips (51)

Chora church

Chora Church is a beautiful Byzantine basilica with the best preserved mosaics and frescoes in Istanbul. Today the church is a museum known as Kariye Muzesi. Chora (Kariye) means "outside the city...
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magor65
Feb 21, 2014

Chora Church

I vaguely remember visiting the Chora Church on our 1st trip to Istanbul when we had a guided tour with the cruise line, it is located quite a distance from the city center.To get to the Chora, we...
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Dabs
Jul 18, 2013

Chora Museum or Kariye

Chora Church (Kariye Camii in Turkish) is the most interesting Byzantine church after Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The importance of the church does not come from the building itself , the frescoes and...
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traveloturc
May 24, 2013

KARIYE MÜZESI/CHORA MUSEUM

This was the church center of a Byzantine monastic complex dating back to the time of Constantine though the present building dates to the 12th century and the main decorations are from the 14th...
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mtncorg
Nov 19, 2011

For enthusiast

Ok, the church is worth to visit but not close to other touristic objects. So if you are very interested in history of churches then this place is for you - otherwise there in Istanbul are other...
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Huks
Oct 05, 2011

Amazing mosaics and frescoes

Chora Church (Kariye) has a history dating back to early 5th century. However, the major part of the current building comes from 11th century. In the beginning of 16th century it was converted into a...
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muratkorman
Aug 07, 2011

Amazing frescoes

Known officially as the Kariye museum, this now mosque used to be the Church of St. Saviour in Chora and is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church, thanks to its...
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Willettsworld
Mar 02, 2010

Church of Saint Saviour in Chora - Interior

The interior of the Church of St Saviour in Chora consists of outer and inner narthexes (halls), a square domed nave, and a parekklesion. The latter is a funerary side chapel, whose walls, ceilings...
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MM212
Feb 28, 2010

Frescoes of St Saviour in Chora

Overshadowed by the more famous mosaics, the frescoes of the Church of Saint Saviour in Chora are just as extraordinary. They date from the same period, the early 14th century, and depict scenes from...
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MM212
Feb 26, 2010

Mosaics of St Saviour in Chora

The extraordinary mosaics of the Church of Saint Saviour in Chora make this church-mosque-museum one of Istanbul's greatest treasures. Except for the side chapel, the entire church's upper walls,...
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MM212
Feb 25, 2010

Church of Saint Saviour in Chora (Kariye Müzesi)

Istanbul's most impressive Byzantine mosaics are found in this former church, once known as the Church of Saint Saviour in Chora. Its name, "in Chora", is Greek for "in the fields" in reference to the...
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MM212
Feb 24, 2010

Chora Museum

The Church of St. Savior in Chora was built in the 11th century, during the Byzantine era. The original church dated back to the 4th century. After the Ottoman conquest, the Turks converted it into a...
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Tom_Fields
Feb 15, 2010
 
 
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