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Hagia Irene Museum

4.7/5
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Museum
Opening Soon Open on Mon, Wed-Sun,9:00am-4:30pm
Recommended sightseeing time: 2-3 hours
Address: Sultanahmet Square Topkapi Palace 1st Courtyard | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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Phone: +90 212 512 04 80

What travelers say:

It's a bit old and for most people they would wonder what is there. Not very many descriptions and even the lighting is poor. However it is important for the Christian faith bc it's where the doctrine of the Trinity was discussed and where the Nicene creed was written

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Hagia Irene was constructed along with Hagia Sophia by Constantine the Great during the 4th century AD. In Greek the names of the two churches mean "Holy Peace" and "Holy Wisdom" respectively. Throughout its history, Hagia Irene has been shown up by Hagia Sophia. Even today it's mostly closed to the public and for much of the Ottoman period it was used as an arms storage building. However, if you find yourself strolling along the main courtyard of Topkapi Palace toward Hagia Sophia, take a moment to examine this magnificent relic of early Byzantine architecture. Even better, get tickets to one of the infrequent classical concerts held here.
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