" Hagia Irene Church" Top 5 Page for this destination Hagia Irene - Ayia Irini Tip by Kuznetsov_Sergey

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

  Hagia Irene Church
by Kuznetsov_Sergey
 
  • Hagia Irene Church - Istanbul
      Hagia Irene Church
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey
  • Hagia Irene Church - Istanbul
      Hagia Irene Church
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey
  • Hagia Irene Church - Istanbul
      Hagia Irene Church
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey
 

Hagia Irene ("Holy Peace?) is a former Eastern Orthodox Church. It is located in the Topkapi First Courtyard. It is open as a museum every day except Monday but requires special permission for admission (unfortunately I didn?t visit it though wanted very much).

It ranks, in fact, as the first church built in Constantinople. Heavily damaged by an earthquake in the 8th century, it dates in its present form largely from the repairs made at that time.

The church was enlarged during the 11th and 12th centuries. It measures 100m x 32 m. The dome is 15m wide and 35m high and has twenty windows.

You can watch my 1 min 01 sec HQ Video Istanbul Topkapi Sarayi Aya Irini part V out of my Youtube channel with Greek Orthodox music.

Address: Topkapi Sarayi 1, Sultanahmet
Directions: You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 0' 34.74" N 28° 58' 54.11" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Hagia Irene Church.
Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagia_Irene

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated May 9, 2009
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse

Comments

Kuznetsov_Sergey

“Where there's a will, there's a way”

Online Now

Male

Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 0 4

Have you been to Istanbul?

  Share Your Travels