Hagia Irene: Guided Tour

Hagia Irene: Guided Tour

A guided tour through one of only a few remnants of the pre-Ottoman period.

A guided tour through one of only a few remnants of the pre-Ottoman period.

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  • Languages: English
  • Participants: 1 - 99
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  • public (with other participants)
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There are not many churches in modern Istanbul; most of them were converted into mosques by the conquering Ottoman Empire. However, the first church built in ancient Constantinople is still standing and offers a unique window on Turkey's incredible past

Bring a touch of cultural history to your Turkish city holiday and explore this ancient treasure with an experienced tour guide. Walk through the cave-like nave and learn more about this unique Christian sanctuary that has survived the centuries.

Hagia Irene means holy peace. Ironically, the building was once used as an armoury, but nowadays the ancient monument lives up to its name and a correspondingly peaceful atmosphere prevails

The Hagia Irene, which is much less visited by tourists than the more famous Hagia Sophia, offers true culture lovers a quieter insight into a chapter of Turkish history that has been marked by conquests and cultural influences for centuries.

This tour takes you on a journey into the embattled past and gives a fascinating overview of the history of Hagia Irene - from a pagan temple to a Greek-Eastern Orthodox church, an Ottoman arsenal, a museum and a concert hall.

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Additional information

Included in the price

  • Admission to the Hagia Irene
  • Guided tour of the Hagia Irene in English

Meeting point

Hagia Irene Cankurtaran Mh., Topkapı Sarayı 1. Avlu, Fatih Istanbul.

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This offer cannot be cancelled for free.

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