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Hagia Irene Museum, Istanbul

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  • This ancient building is definitely worth the visit. The red-flowered garden is so well-kept... If only these walls could talk... Extraordinary acoustic. If you are lucky enough to visit this place wh...  more »
  • It is a church of the 4th century, built by the Emperor Constantine. Only the masonry remains, without any furnishings or decoration, and the interior appears as an empty space. The church is said to ...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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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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