Hagia Irene

Hagia Irene – Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Irene or Hagia Eirene (Greek: "Holy Peace", Turkish: Aya İrini), sometimes known also as Saint Irene, is a former Eastern Orthodox church located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. It is open as a museum every day except Tuesday. The church was dedicated by Constantine to the peace of God, and is one of the three shrines which the Emperor devoted to God's attributes, together with Hagia Sophia (Wisdom) and Hagia Dynamis (Force). The church measures 100 m × 32 m. It has the typical form of a Roman basilica, consisting of a nave and…