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Hagia Irene Museum

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Address: Sultanahmet Meydani Topkapi Sarayi 1. Avlusu | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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Drop by when you visit Topkapi Palace

There is not much to see - the interior is totally bare, but it is still majestic and will certainly be worth a visit for those familiar with the history of Bysantium. I recommend... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Tania S
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is not much to see - the interior is totally bare, but it is still majestic and will certainly be worth a visit for those familiar with the history of Bysantium. I recommend getting a museum pass, then you can drop into Hagia Irene practically for free between visits to Hagia Sophia and the palace.

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Casablanca, Morocco
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Hagia Irene today operates as a museum and concert hall. Yes the floor was huge and a waltz works good there. The upper level was off limits, it had a mesh net across to stop pigeon droppings. Unable to see the domes that would have been in the worship area.

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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

There is really not much to see here. It is not well-preserved but it is under going renovations. Basically a give hall

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Cleveland, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

This church (now museum) is on the grounds of the Topkapi Palace. Admission is 20 TL or included with Museum Pass. There is nothing physically inside the building, and you can't even appreciate the ceilings because of a giant net protecting the floor from birds and their droppings. The upstairs portions are closed off. Walk through if you have the... More 

Thank AmericanBadger
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

The Hagia Irene only opened to the public in 2014, and if you have the museum card, you should definitely visit it while in the Topkapi Palace grounds. The space gives you a sense of true early Roman architecture and what Hagia Sophia would have originally looked like before her many renovations. The plainness of the space, and mainly emptiness... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Everybody goes to Ayia Sophia and the classic monuments. But this felt like the real deal. Very few visitors, although inside the Top Kapi complex. A really old christian church, untouched by time and islam, it is a jewel. Such a shame it is not kept in the stellar condition it should be kept as it is a fine example... More 

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Klaipeda, Lithuania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Never converted into a mosque, it is an one of most authentic early Christian churches. Though almost no wall paintings left, the building itself, much lower than the ground level after so many years, has some spirit of early Christianity.

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is an ex church stripped bare of every adornment and decoration. Jut bare brick walls. Used to be an armoury in the ottoman period. Nothing to see really. They shouldn't be charging anything for this. You'll spend 5-10 minutes at most. Walk right past and into the topkapi.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

If you buy the 5 day museum pass, this venue is included. Visit if you have 5 minutes to kill because that is how much time you will need. If you do not have the museum please please save the 20TL entry fee and buy yourself 5 doner kebabs. You will be more fulfilled with the doner kebabs. The staff... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

I came across this by share chance at the end of visiting Topkapi Palace and, my word, it was so rewarding. For some reason I was there on my own for a good 10 minutes, which made the experience even more special. There were people queuing for tickets outside, but I walked straight in with my museum pass. You feel... More 

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