Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Istanbul: Dolmabahce Palace, Chora Church (Kariye Museum) & Panorama 1453 History Museum in Turkey


Dolmabahce Palace is located on the European side of Istanbul within the district of Besiktas and Taksim. Dolmabahce Palace is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world which is built in 19th century. Dolmabahce Palace is a must to visit to learn about the lifestyle of the Ottoman Sultans and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

This is strictly guided group tour to the palace and Harem. Visitors are reminded that photograph is prohibited during the tour.

Operating Hours:  9am to 3pm (closed on Monday and Thursday)
Entrance Fee     :  50TL (Guided Group Tour to Palace and Harem)
Official Website  :  http://www.millisaraylar.gov.tr/portalmain-en/Default.aspx 

Welcome to the main gate of Dolmabahce Palace near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey
This is where the guided tour begins inside Dolmabahce Palace and photograph is strictly prohibited in Istanbul, Turkey

It is very well-maintained park with flowers and water fountain in Dolmabahce Palace nearby Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey
Heading to the main entrance of Dolmabahce Palace after purchasing entrance tickets in Istanbul, Turkey
Admiring big western style buildings in Dolmabahce Palace near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey
It is free entrance to Painting Museum behind the main building of Dolmabahce Palace nearby Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey
Another beautiful well-maintained fountain with flowers in Dolmabahce Palace nearby Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey


Choram Museum is also known as Kariye Muzesi, is located in one of the most conservative Muslim neighbourhood and outskirt of Sultanahmet area. The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora was originally built in the 400s and was expanded in the 1000s of Constantinople. When the city fell into Ottomans in the mid-1400, the building was converted to a mosque. Even though, Chora Museum (Kariye Museum) isn't one of the top attraction sites to visit in Istanbul but, it is strongly recommended to see the remaining mosaics covering the interior painting which was completed between 1315 and 1321 (part of Byzantine art and history).

Address            :  Kariye Camii Sokak, No. 26 Edirnekapi, 34087 Istanbul
Operating Hours:  9am to 4.30pm (closed on Wednesday)
Entrance Fee     :  Yes
Subway            :  
Get down at Edirnekapi station and cross the busy main streets. It is a short walking to the Chora Church in the residential neighbourhood behind the remaining city walls built by Romans & Byzantines.

Getting down at Edirnekapi subway station to visit Chora Church (Kariye Museum), outskirt of Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Turkey
The remaining city walls built by Romans and Byzantines and the ancient Chora Church (Kariye Museum) is located behind the city walls in Istanbul, Turkey
Crossing the main busy streets and keep walking behind the city walls to get to the Chora Church (Kariye Museum) in Istanbul, Turkey
Fine mosaics design during the Byzantine art and history at Chora Church (Kariye Museum) outskirt of Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Turkey


Panorama 1453 History Museum is located nearby Chora Museum (Kariye Museum). It is a great place to learn about their history without English translation on the boards. You can rent the audio video to listen as you walk into the museum. Other than that, I love the 360 degrees panorama of paintings on the backdrop with some decoration of the real items in order to make them into 3D effect. It is really amazing as I feel I am in the war zone with the background sounds too. 

Heading to the building of Panorama 1453 History Museum which is located nearby Chora Church (Kariye Museum) in Istanbul, Turkey
360 degrees Panorama War Zone with the painting backdrop and decorative items and background sounds as a 3D effects at Panorama 1453 History Museum in Istanbul, Turkey