Hagia Irene: Skip the line Ticket with Guided Tour

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Hagia Irene: Skip the line Ticket with Guided Tour

Get skip-the-line admission with your talented guide and visit Hagia Irene in the garden of Topkapı Palace.

Duration: 1 Hour
Skip The Line:
Live Guide: English.
Pick-up Services: Not available.


  • Visit Hagia Irene, the first church of Constantinople until the completion of the Hagia Sophia.

Full Description

Hagia Irene, meaning Holy Peace, was an Orthodox Church built by order of Constantine I on the ruins of a pagan temple. It was the first church of Constantinople and the main church until Hagia Sophia was completed. Due to fires and earthquakes, the church was renovated several times. 

After Mehmet II conquered Constantinople, he allowed the church to remain inside Topkapı Palace's walls but closed it to prayer and used it as an arsenal and warehouse instead. During the latter years of the Ottoman Empire, it was used as a military museum. 

Hagia Irene was renovated in 2014 and reopened as a museum. Soon after, the incredible acoustics of the building were discovered and, since then, it has hosted many classical music concerts. 



  • Entrance fees.
  • Professional guided tour conducted in English.

Meeting point

The meeting point for this tour is the Carpet Museum entrance just outside of Topkapı Palace.
Our guide carries a flag with "Istanbul Tourist Pass" written on it.
Please meet the guide at the meeting point 5 minutes before the scheduled tour start time.


Know Before You Go

  • This tour ticket does not allow you to enter the museums alone. You need to meet with our guide at the scheduled time.

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Customer Reviews

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Harry - January 28, 2019

Amazing tour.. learn a lot with the great guide.

Heidi - February 15, 2019

I think Istanbul as a musical album. And St Irene is Classical Songs inside of this album. Also it has been used as concert saloon as well.

Jonathan - January 23, 2019

A preciously Church which is not changed as mosque on conquest period.

Peggy - June 07, 2019

Is is surprising to see a church inside of Topkapı Palace. According to me Ottomans dominated huge geographies with the respect to other people s religion on their period.

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