Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Turkey  /  Istanbul  /  Chora Museum

Chora Museum, Istanbul

4.4
#3 of 102 in Museums in Istanbul
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.
Create an itinerary including Chora Museum
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Tours To Chora Museum

Chora Museum Reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
5,961 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • Despite the restoration, we were able to see most of the amazing, golden mosaics. I recommend you visit with a guide. You won't need more than an hour for sure.  more »
  • This is a great church but it is under restoration at present and will be for some years. It is however still worth making the effort to come to this part of Istanbul to see the mosaics. There is a...  more »
Google
  • This small museum (church made in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian) has amazingly maintained vivid colorful frescoes and mosaics. Such a treat to the eyes. It is a small museum so you don’t need much time but since each mosaic has a biblical story, take it all in.
  • Amazing frescoes here. Well preserved there are in-house guides you can pay for. They will probably give u more guidance. Building itself is under restoration works, also this will become a msoque in the future so it be interesting to see what happens o the frescoes

Plan your trip to Istanbul

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Istanbul

4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Istanbul

See all ›
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
4.3
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Istanbul

See all ›
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 1 hour

Shopping in Istanbul

See all ›
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Istanbul

4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Nearby attractions in Istanbul

4.4
Duration: 1 hour
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
4.8
Duration: 6 hours