Hagia Irene: Skip the line Ticket with Guided Tour

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Hagia Irene: Skip the line Ticket with Guided Tour

Enjoy Skip the Line Admission + Live Guide Commentary at Hagia Irene. Hagia Irene or Holy Peace, was a Greek Eastern Orthodox church built under the orders of Emperor Constantine I over the ruins of a pagan temple as the first church in Constantinople. It served as the church of the Patriarchate until the Hagia Sophia basilica was built.

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

Highlights

  • Visit Hagia Irene, the beautiful former church.

Full Description

Hagia Irene or Holy Peace, was a Greek Eastern Orthodox church built under the orders of Emperor Constantine I over the ruins of a pagan temple as the first church in Constantinople. It served as the church of the Patriarchate until the Hagia Sophia basilica was built.

Due to fires and earthquakes, the church suffered damanges and was restored in several ocasions.

After Constantinople was conquered by the Ottomans, the chuch was located inside the walls of the Topkapı Palace and although it was not converted into a mosque as most other churches, most likely because the Ottoman sultan was more interested in the nearby Hagia Sophia Basilica, it still suffered damages under the hands of the Ottoman soldiers, the Janissaries, while they used the building as an arsenal and warehouse.

Before the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, it served during 70 years as the Military Museum; it was closed for a long period after which it was restored and opened again as a museum in 2014 until today and eventually, due to the excellent acoustics of the building, classical music concerts are held

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Includes

  • Entrance Fees
  • Professional Guidance in English
  • -

Meeting point

* Meeting point for this tour is the First Gate of the Topkapı Palace Museum.
* Our guide carries a flag with the logo of Istanbul Tourist Pass.

Location

Know Before You Go

  • Guided Museum Pass does not allow you to enter to the museums freely. You need to meet with our guide at scheduled time.

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Harry - January 28, 2019

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

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