Hagia Irene Museum Tour

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In this attraction, you will discover Hagia Irene, a Greek Eastern Orthodox church! It was built as the first church in Constantinople. The church has to be rebuilt due to several occasions like fires and earthquakes. Because of its excellent acoustics, it is now one of the most popular places for classical music concerts.

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Duration: 45 MinutesCheck Time table to see starting times

Instant confirmation: No Rezervation is required

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Guide: English



Be amazed by the first church of the Byzantine Empire.

Feel the 19th century architecture.


Entry to the Great Palace


Covid-19 precautions

Safety: All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

Social: Distancing is maintained in museums

Mask: Wearing mask is mandatory during museum visit

Limited Visitors: To reduce crowds, the number of visitors is limited

Hagia Irene Museum

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 much damage and was restored on several ocasions.

After Constantinople was conquered by the Ottomans, the chuch was relocated inside the walls of Topkapı Palace and although it was not converted into a mosque as most other churches, it still suffered damage at the hands of Ottoman soldiers when they used the building as an arsenal and warehouse. Before the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, it served as a Military Museum for 70 years and was then closed for a long period. In 2014, it was restored and reopened as a museum. Today, it is a popular location for classical music concerts because of its excellent acoustics.

Tuesday: NO TOUR

Monday and Wednesday to Sunday: 09:00

The approximate duration is 40

Please meet your guide at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time.

How To Get There?

Where to meet?

The tour starts in front the entrance of the Carpet Museum (Halı Müzesi), outside the Topkapı Palace.

The palace is located close to the Sultanahmet Square, next to the Hagia Sophia museum. It can be reached via the T1 Tram Line and then walking 5 minutes to the palace.

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  • The guided tours are performed in English.
  • The tour starts from the front of the entrance of the Carpet Museum, outside the palace. Click on Get Directions above to find the location.
  • The tour doesn't require a reservation in advance.
  • Istanbul Go Pass holders do not pay admission at the Hagia Irene Museum
  • Children will be asked to present their passport at the entrance to confirm their age.
  • Please note that this attraction cannot be accessed directly by presenting the digital Pass at the museum. You need to enter with the tour guide.
  • The museum is closed for visits for half-day on the first day of Ramadan and Sacrifice Festivals.

Hagia Irene building almost old as Istanbul. It will impress you with its historical monuments and architectural aspects. Seeing and learning about the impressive Roman and Ottoman synthesis in this architectural structure is an experience not to missed.

Guided tours to Hagia Irene Museum are included in the trip for the Topkapı Palace, as the structure is located within the outer walls of the Palace.

No, this attraction cannot be accessed directly by presenting the digital Pass at the museum. You need to enter with the tour guide. Also This tour is combined with Topkapı Palace.

You can find meeting location at 'Hours & Meeting 'section,our guides carry a white flag with the logo of Istanbul Go Pass®

You can find tour hours at 'Hours & Meeting 'section.Please meet your guide at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time.

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