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Hagia Irene

Istanbul, Turkey
3.8 / 28
Address:Topkapı Sarayı 1. Avlu, Fatih
Phone:+90 212 512 04 80
Hours:monday: 09:00–16:00 tuesday: Closed wednesday: 09:00–16:00 thursday: 09:00–16:00 friday: 09:00–16:00 saturday: 09:00–16:00 sunday: 09:00–16:00

Bratescu Stefan

5-10 minutes max, it’s very old and you can feel it Included in the museum pass

hed hedeg

Very hard to locate a park or visit these sites due to the crowds and hot weather. The area is very secured and peacful. It is the historical part of .. Read more »

Roy Mathew

This beautiful church is one of the oldest in Istanbul. This was location of the ecumenical council of Istanbul held in 381 AD. It is located on the g.. Read more »

Amirsaba Motamedi

Magically beautiful. After turning Ayasofya into a mosque, it didn't appear as a surprise how badly this place is neglected. Shame Shame Shame...

bruce hunt

this is a beautiful rugged stone interior, the raw bones and undecorated with masses of windows, domes and arches , under renovation at moment but a.. Read more »

Charles Vega

Did not get to go inside but it is truly a beautiful church. Our guide mentioned that classical music performances are still carried out here in moder.. Read more »

Luana Marina

Amazing, very old byzantine church. You can hear the doves singing and admire the architectural structure.

Nasser Ahwal

Hagia Irene (Greek: Αγίας Ειρήνης) or Hagia Eirene (Byzantine Greek: Ἁγία Εἰρήνη Greek pronunciation: [aˈʝia iˈrini], "Holy Peace", Turkish: Aya İrini.. Read more »


It was beautiful if only they don’t strip the church decoration

Joe Terrence

Very disappointed to have visited while it was under construction and therefore the view was limited. What was seen was terrific though. The ticket of.. Read more »

Karolina Czarnecka

Very old church it's just mesmerizing that it still stands and you can see the inside. You can enter there together with Topkapı palace ticket. Very i.. Read more »

Brett Kho

Historical / educational zone area that had many intellectuals passing through over the centuries. Felt good to be here!

Ivy Hsu

Quite empty and in shabby condition. Not sure if the place is under restoration .. we aren’t architecture or religious experts so didn’t find much to .. Read more »


The only Church from the Byzantine era which still remains a Church. It wasn't converted into a mosque because it was used as a weapons storage facili.. Read more »

Samer Saad

This is a small place between Muhamed ans iya Sofia


It would have been an amazing place if it was not destroyed inside... You still can feel the glory of the past, see some fragments of frescas, sense t.. Read more »

Behrouz hasanbeygi

The place is not ready yet ( under construction ) and they sell the tickets. Thats milking the tourists

KaMaL Ebrahimi (MaDaNi)

We paid 80 lirah for entrance but it's really not worth it so I do not recommend, you won't see anything special except old building, debris which is .. Read more »

Oğuz Avci

I’m sure it used to be great although now there is not much on display. Its still a structural marvel though.

Alper Pirci

Hagia Eirene is being extensively restored, you are not allowed to go to 2nd floor.Absolutely I'm going to come back when the restoration work is done.. Read more »

Θεόδωρος Τζανάτος

An amazing Justinianian church left alone to be a bird house with one and only net, trying to avoid any further damage by the pigeons. The Iconoclast .. Read more »

Trips in Turkey

Such a great solemn spiritual place to visit. Has a special feel to it. And if you are looking for Museum Passes this location is the easiest place.

Stephanie Ritz

I LOVED this site. It is still being restored, bit iris hauntingly beautiful.

Alex {

Nothing to see there for the money they charge. Absolute rip off at staggering 60 tl. Even with the student discout at 20 tl it is not worth it. Shame.. Read more »

Arya The Sneakerhead Pira

Hagia Irene or Saint Irene, is an Eastern Orthodox church located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace in Istanbul. It is one of the few churches .. Read more »

Hana Riyad

This place is undergoing huge renovations. The lady at the ticket window told me about the renovation and that I can spend up to maximum 4 minutes ins.. Read more »

do die

Very disappointing they did not keep the Roman Emperors. Shame I had to miss seeing them.

Meander Travel

Hagia Sophia is considered a unique monument in world architecture, and its magnificence and functionality has been a good example in construction of .. Read more »

Bassem Al Barmaky

It’s within the Topkapi Palace Walls. Recognizable on Spot because It Will Seems like a Misplaced Peace in that Location. Nothing Fantastic in the Ins.. Read more »

Epic! Forest Destine

I don’t see how so many people giving this place 5 stars. Nothing inside. Almost every door is locked. Can literally spend 2 minutes in here. If have .. Read more »


Though the present church dates only from the 6th century, it is at least the third building to be erected on what is thought to be the oldest site of.. Read more »

Muhammad Agneza Arifin

Often overlooked by tourists when visiting the Sultanahmet area, this museum which was once a church from the Byzantine times offers its own atmospher.. Read more »