The Hagia Irene Museum


Visits may be arranged by the Directorship of the Hagia Sophia Museum The church built in the 6th century could not be turned into a mosque as it is inside the palace. It was used as the arsenal of the Janissaries during the last period of the Ottoman Empire. Before it was moved to Harbiye, the Military Museum was also here. Inside the church there is a black cross placed on the golden floor which was the symbol of Byzantine churches. The sarcophagi of some Byzantine emperors that were behind the church have been moved to the Archaeology Museum The building also hosts music festivals due to its marvelous acoustic structure.


Topkapı Sarayı 1. Avlusu, Sultanahmet, Eminönü
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