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Hagia Irene Museum, Istanbul

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  • Here the first clichés. I think you go see the Museum. It's an interesting place. Eirene kutşal means peace this information, vete. GER.
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  • Whereas Hagia Sofia, the main church of old Constantinople, is full of beautiful mosaics, Hagia Irene has none. That is because in the beginning of the Middle ages when Muslims started winning wars, t...  more »
  • This is the place we originally planned as compulsory to visit because it is one of the few islands of Byzantine art. This church, unlike many others, has never been a mosque, and after the conquest in 1453 g. reprised role of commercial premises, and also served as an arsenal. The Interior practically remained unchanged. The Interior is arguably, the remnants of ornamental paintings were left in one of the rooms. Also in this church never had icons and there was no Imaging people-echoes of the iconoclasm period. But mosaic cross under the dome strikes-as if it hangs in the air. Good acoustics in the Church and if you are lucky, you will come to the concert. Worth a visit 20 Liras, in addition to the ticket at Topkapi Palace (40 lire)-it is better to acquire a historical map.
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  • Only way to go there without feeling scammed is if you have a Museum Card which includes entrance to Hagia Irene, but even then, you will still feel you wasted your time. It makes no sense to pay 20TL just to see the internal part of the plain walls and not much more, besides renovations in progess (for at least 2 years now).They didn't even bother to put any sign describing what you are supposed to see. My advise is to take a look from outside in your way to/from Topkapi Palace, and keep walking.
  • Agree wholeheartedly with Claudio. I have a Museum Card but it does not cover this building. Go figure! Hagia Irene is like a lot of Istanbul's attractions in that it is tied up in renovations which may never finish. Outside is worth a look, definitely.
  • Its interior is very very beautiful (I LIKE ) But its exterior kook like a old This is very famous place. I can trying to visit this place. ✈😆
  • The fact that they charge 20 lira for a place that is completely covered for renovations is confusing. Such a waste
  • Don't waste 20 lira to go inside. There is absolutely nothing to see inside.

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