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Hagia Irene Museum

Sultanahmet Meydani Topkapi Sarayi 1. Avlusu | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 512 04 80
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Sultanahmet Meydani Topkapi Sarayi 1. Avlusu | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 512 04 80
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This large church is extremely interesting because it is a fully intact early Byzantine structure - meaning it was never modified architecturally after its construction so it gives an idea of what Byzantine churches were really like - many churches were later modified when they...More

Thank Harry2747
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The original church on this site was built by Constantine, and the church you see now pre-dates the Aya Sofia. There isn't much here, as it's on the grounds of Topkapi and was used by the Janisseries as a storage facility and arsenal for years....More

Thank JohnNKY
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Whereas Hagia Sofia, the main church of old Constantinople, is full of beautiful mosaics, Hagia Irene has none. That is because in the beginning of the Middle ages when Muslims started winning wars, the Byzantine emperor thought there must be something right with their religion...More

Thank Petsku83
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Hagia Irene is a stunning Old Historical Church from the Byzantium period. For those Interested in the early Christian period and the Byzantium period this is a must see destination.

Thank Clinton C
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Museum card no work and entrance to expensive but for music best acoustic In side to topkapi palace and staff rude

Thank keremsuna1970
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

This ancient building is definitely worth the visit. The red-flowered garden is so well-kept... If only these walls could talk... Extraordinary acoustic. If you are lucky enough to visit this place while The Istanbul Music Festival is on, you will never forget the experience of...More

Thank Suzy A
Reviewed 31 May 2017

It is a church of the 4th century, built by the Emperor Constantine. Only the masonry remains, without any furnishings or decoration, and the interior appears as an empty space. The church is said to be a beautiful example of early Byzantine architecture; it is...More

Thank Marco_Polo499
Reviewed 4 May 2017

We were pleasantly surprised to find Hagia Irene open, as our guide books said it was only accessible for concerts. Well, it's right to be used as a concert venue - the acoustic is astonishing! I sang a few bars and the sound that came...More

Thank snowythepyro
Reviewed 15 April 2017

One of the most important and interesting buildings in Istanbul let down by lack of interpretation, bird net ruining all the main views and no access to the upper level or the rear courtyard. And pricey. But, even so, brilliant.

Thank PDR55
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Some people will tell you that Hagia Irene is very bare, almost as if all the detail and decoration had been expunged from Hagia Sofia and there was just bare stone left. That is quite true but this is not entirely a bad thing. This...More

Thank Raymond W
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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