Hagia Irene 2.5 rating

  Cultural Attractions

Hagia Irene, which you will notice to your left after entering the outer yard of Topkapi Palace, is one of few Byzantine-era cathedrals which was never converted to a mosque (though not used for religious purposes either during the Ottoman period), although access to the interior is not allowed unless you have a ticket to the classical music concerts sometimes taking place inside the building.

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About Hagia Irene

 Cankurtaran Mh., Fatih/Istanbul Province, Turkey

 +90 212 512 04

Hagia Irene and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia(0.2 km)
Hagia Sophia is a 6th century Orthodox patriarchal basilica that was later used as a mosque, and is today a museum.

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace(0.4 km)
TheTopkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years of their 624-year reign.

Galata Tower

Galata Tower(1.9 km)
It was built by the Genoese on the city walls of Galata, then a western (Genoese/Venetian) stronghold beside eastern (Byzantine/Ottoman) Constantinople.

Soğukçeşme Street

Soğukçeşme Street(0.2 km)
A car-free downhill cobbled street just behind Hagia Sophia, with renovated (or totally re-built) traditional wooden houses two- or three-storeys tall typical of Ottoman era, leaning against the outer wall of Topkapi Palace grounds/Gülhane Park.

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art(0.7 km)
Carpets, rugs, calligraphy, pottery.

Million

Million(0.7 km)
While this partially intact marble pillar dating back to 4th century AD may seem unremarkable, it was the starting point of any distance measured within the empire during the Byzantine era, so it may be nice to think that you are in the centre of where all the roads lead to (or, rather, start from).

The Museum of Archeology

The Museum of Archeology(0.1 km)
A must see! One of the best, including a great collection of Sumerian tablets, pieces of the wall of Babylon and Roman marble statues.

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern(0.4 km)
The Basilica Cistern, also known as ‘Yerebatan Cistern’ or Sunken Cistern, is the largest of the several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath Istanbul, with a holding capacity of 80,000 m3.

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