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"Aya Irini" Hagia Irene - Ayia Irini Tip by toshigiappone

Hagia Irene - Ayia Irini, Istanbul: 11 reviews and 18 photos

  Aya Irini
by toshigiappone

This Aya Irini (Church of Divine Peace, "Hagia Eirene" in Ancient Greek) is one the oldest church in Istanbul. On this site there had been a pagan temple, and then there was a Christian church. In 540s, the former church was replaced by Justinian to the present one. After the conquest of Ottoman Turks, it has been used as an arsenal. So, this church remains untouched. Sadly, this church is always closed, and when there is a concert or something, it's open.

Address: On the First Court of Topikapi Palace
Directions: When you enter the First Court if Topikapi Palace, you will find this easily.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 3, 2005
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