Hagia Eirene

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Topkapi Palace outer courtyard, Istanbul, Turkey

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EmEm EmEm
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The Aya Irini May 27, 2017
Just behind Ayasofya, in the first courtyard of the Topkapi Palace there is a Byzantine building Aya Irini or Hagia Irene Church. It is one of the first Byzantine churches built during the reign of Constantine in the 4th century. In 532 it was burnt down during the Nika Revolt and rebuilt by Emperor Justinian. It is reputedly the site of a pre- Christian temple.

Due to its architectural perfection the church has outstanding acoustic features and it is used as a location for concerts during the Istanbul Music Festival. It is closed in other times and can be visited with special permission.
Caliber-A says:
looks like Greek orthodox church
Posted on: Apr 27, 2017
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Church of the Holy Peace Feb 12, 2011
Hagia Eirene is a small Byzantine domed basilica dating to the 6th century and thought to reside on the site of the oldest place of Christian worship in Istanbul, where a previous church was built in the 4th century. Hagia Eirene was incorporated into Topkapi palace in the 15th century and sits in one of the outer courtyards leading to the Palace. The name comes from the Greek: Ἁγία Εἰρήνη, "Holy Peace"; Latin: Sancta Irini; Turkish: Aya Irini. Its full name is "Church of the Holy Peace".

As it is sort of on the way to Topkapi Palace, it's easy to walk right by this place. It serves as a museum and music hall today, the later due to the fine acoustics inside. There is not a great deal to see inside here, some small exhibits on Anatolia culture, a few sculptures, some mosaics, and the open spaces used for musical events. It is interesting enough to visit for a bit due to its historical significance and appreciate the stonework and architecture inside. It can be skipped if you're pressed for time as there is plenty to see in Istanbul.
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Brian, brilliant photos and excellent tip here.
Posted on: Jan 14, 2017

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