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Guided Tour of Chora Church and Golden Horn In Istanbul

Visit the famous Chora Church with an expert guide..

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Adult Ages 7 -99
37
Child Ages 3 - 6
35
Infants Ages 0 - 2
Free
Private Tour
296

Guided Tour of Chora Church and Golden Horn In Istanbul

Enjoy a guided tour of the 7th hill of Constantinople, where you will see Chora Church and learn about Istanbul’s vibrant history and culture.

Step into the hallowed halls of the Chora Church, a masterpiece of medieval Byzantine architecture renowned for its famous mosaics and frescoes. Delve into its rich history and envision the devout gatherings of medieval Constantinople as you marvel at the intricate depictions of Christ and the Virgin Mary gracing its interior. Discover the intimate side chapel adorned with poignant frescoes portraying themes of mortality and rebirth from the Old Testament.

Capture the allure of these timeless artworks and delve into their significance with your knowledgeable guide. Then, continue your odyssey downhill to immerse yourself in the colorful tapestry of Fener and Balat, two historically significant neighborhoods nestled along the Golden Horn.

As you traverse the cobblestone streets adorned with the vibrant hues of local life, soak in the authentic atmosphere of these off-the-beaten-path gems. Witness the cultural mosaic the people that have shaped this area. Take a moment to pause amidst the bustling streets and observe the everyday rhythms of this dynamic community.

Conclude your journey in Fener, where the grandeur of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate awaits. Learn of its sacred significance to Orthodox believers worldwide and delve into its historical ties to Mehmet II’s conquest of Constantinople. Gain insight into its role within the broader Christian landscape and marvel at its enduring legacy.

**The Patriarchal Church can only be visited in the morning tours. It closes in the afternoons**