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Hagia Irene Museum

Sultanahmet Meydani Topkapi Sarayi 1. Avlusu | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 512 0480
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“concert hall” (6 reviews)
“half dome” (3 reviews)
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Sultanahmet Meydani Topkapi Sarayi 1. Avlusu | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 212 512 0480
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 16 February 2017

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...More

Thank Tania S
Reviewed 16 January 2017 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...More

Thank G L
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

Thank Adeel R
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...More

Thank AmericanBadger
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...More

Thank Rebecca D
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Sultanahmet
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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