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Hagia Irene Museum, Istanbul

(2.3/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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  • Contemporary of St. Sophia, Holy-Irene is located in the perimeter of the Topkapi Palace. After 1453, it has not been transformed into a mosque, but used as an Armory. This strange fate certainly robbed him of all his ornaments, but surprisingly he allows us to see, in its absolute purity, this masterpiece of byzantine architecture.
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  • 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 i...  more »
  • 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 pas...  more »
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  • A lovely place, although it is fairly stark, bare and semi-ruined inside. However, much more could be made of it simply by providing a few decent information plaques and such.
  • The history is great, the place is amazing, however how it seems to be managed makes the visit a bit frustrated. It is a place in ruins, however ruins do not need to have an abandoned feel to it. It is called Holy Peace, and yes there is peace inside and a black plaque with white text with some information about it. That's it.
  • Great atmosphere, but do not expect something more than just the space inside. For me it was worth it, we were almost alone there and I really enjoyed that moment, but there are no frescos, no statues, almost nothing left, just the acoustic and the space. I would love to enjoy some concert inside.
  • Very authentic place. Less known than Aya Sophia but not so crowded and amazing. One of my favourite spots. A must see in Istanbul.
  • Don't miss the events like concerts. Worth being in here.