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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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Amazing acoustic, needs more love

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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 back is fantastic (better than any purpose-built concert hall in London, for sure). The building... More 

Thank snowythepyro
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
Chengdu, China
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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 dark, gloomy, austere church offers a brooding medieval atmosphere as a result, almost as if... More 

Thank Raymond W
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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 practically for free between visits to Hagia Sophia and the palace.

Thank Tania S
Casablanca, Morocco
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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 have been in the worship area.

Thank G L
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
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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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 

Thank Rebecca D
Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

Thank velissaris_
Klaipeda, Lithuania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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.

Thank Vytenis

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