Running between the Topkapı Palace walls and Aya Sofya, this cobbled street is named after the Soğuk Çeşme (Cold Fountain) at its...
Housed in an 18th-century imaret (soup kitchen) built behind the Aya Sofya complex, this recently opened museum is entered through a...
Caferağa Medresesi Çay Bahçesi
On a fine day, sipping a çay in the in the gorgeous courtyard of this Sinan-designed medrese near Topkapı Palace is a delight. Located...
It goes against the grain for us to recommend a place that is so outrageously overpriced (TL7 for a glass of tea!), but we do so because...
1st Court, Topkapı Palace · interesting places nearby
Aya İrini information
Commissioned by Justinian in the 540s, this Byzantine church is almost exactly as old as its near neighbour, Aya Sofya. Used as an arsenal for centuries, it is now open to visitors but the entrance fee is exorbitant considering the fact that there are no exhibits inside.
The serenely beautiful interior and superb acoustics make this one of the most soughtafter venues for the İstanbul International Music Festival. To attend a festival event here try your luck at the temporary box office located outside the church or online at Biletix .