There was nobody but us. Entering this sacred space, we were enveloped by a serene hush.
You wouldn’t know but this was actually the first church built in Constantinople by Constantine himself in the 4th century. As an amateur Paleochristian (very early Christian) fan, this gave me goosebumps. I love exploring the very early Christian churches and see how it has evolved to the modern church we’ve seen now.
It was one of the few church not turned into a mosque by the Turks. It became an armoury during the Ottoman period.
Because Hagia Irene had excellent acoustics, it is now presently used as a concert hall for classical music performances.