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Hagia Irene church inside Topkapi palace recently opened for public. Upper floor is restricted to public. In fact nothing is special. It will take around 2 to 3 minute to see. TL32 seems to be much more when part of it closed.
It's not a huge place and has nothing but walls. And yet is one of the most impressive place on earth. Thousands of years compressed in single point. If close your eyes here you can sense the history of Byzantine empire and ortodoxism.
This building is an ancient marvel. Walking in you really have a sensation of walking through an authentic piece of Roman architecture. I was looking forward to seeing this building almost as much as the Hagia Sofia. But inside the main hall the dome is...More
I will be honest, you will find it hard to spend more than five minutes here. Thankfully, I used the Istanbul Museum card. The ceiling has some impressive artwork but you won't know because it is covered by a net with tons of bird droppings....More
Such a majestic church inside, even is there is no furniture or decoration and simply stone and wood. The light coming in from different directions is wonderful. Such a majestic church inside, even is there is no furniture or decoration and simply stone and wood....More
Hagia Irene awaits you on the grounds of Topkapı Sarayı. It was deprived of all its decoration and seems completely naked. In a positive sense you can describe it as pure architecture. The church is definitely worth a visit for historical reasons.
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
retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.