Visit Chora Church

Updated on Thursday 05th January 2017

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When in Turkey for a hair transplant in our clinic, you will also have the chance to see one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world, which is the beautiful city of Istanbul. Here, you can admire one of its greatest museums: the Chora Church, also known as the Kariye Museum.

Located northeast of Sultan Ahmet, near the Byzantine city walls, visiting the Chora Church will enable you to see one of the most illustrative examples of Byzantine mosaic art. The museum is open every day between 9.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., with longer opening hours during the summer. The entrance fee is TL 30 (around EUR 8).

Historical data of the Chora Church in Istanbul

The Chora Church is definitely one of the main attractions of Western Istanbul. The Church was initially built as a plain chapel out of the city walls in the 5th century. Due to its location, the locals called it Kariye (in Turkish) or Chora (in Greek), which means “outside of the city”.

The current building was erected in the late 11th century, having suffered numerous restructurings and repairs over the years. All its interior decorations, such as the well-known mosaics and mural paintings which are equally valuable, were built around the year of 1320.

The Chora Church was used as a mosque during the Ottoman Empire and more recently in modern times until it was turned into a museum in 1945 by the Byzantine Institute of America. Up to the present, visitors who come in the city for a hair transplant and visit the Church are amazed by the stunning mosaics and frescoes. 

Interior design of the Chora Church in Turkey

The mosaics inside the Chora Church are extremely famous for their beauty, along other famous tourist attractions of Istanbul. The first ones are of dedication to Jesus and Mary. Then, the offertory ones can be admired, depicting Theodore Metochites, the constructor of the church, offering it to Jesus.

The couple of domes in the inner narthex portray all Jesus’ ancestors back to Adam. There are also various descriptions of Mary’s life, as well as Jesus’ childhood. 

There are more stunning mosaics and frescoes to be admired, located in the nave and the Parecclesion, a chapel which holds the tombs of the founder of the Church and his relatives.

If you would like to visit the amazing Chora Church while in the city for a hair restoration with us, please contact our hair transplant clinic in Turkey.

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