Hagia Irene (Greek:Αγία Ειρήνη) or Hagia Eirene (Middle age Greek:Ἁγία Εἰρήνη Greek elocution:[aˈʝia iˈrini], "Heavenly Harmony", Turkish:Aya Irini), now and again referred to likewise as Holy person Irene, is an Eastern Conventional church situated in the external yard of Topkapı Castle in Istanbul. It is the most seasoned known church in Istanbul and the main Byzantine church in Istanbul that has not been changed over into a mosque, as it was utilized as a stockpile for putting away weapons until the nineteenth century. The Hagia Irene today works as a gallery and show corridor.
The structure supposedly remains on the site of a pre-Christian sanctuary. It positions as the primary church finished in Constantinople, before Hagia Sophia, during its change from a Greek exchanging state toward the eastern capital of the Roman Realm. As per later custom, the Roman sovereign Constantine I appointed the main Hagia Irene church in the fourth hundred years, which was finished toward the finish of his rule (337). It filled in as the congregation of the Patriarchate before Hagia Sophia was finished in 360 under Constantius II. During the Nika revolt in 532, Hagia Irene was burned to the ground. Ruler Justinian I had the congregation reconstructed in 548. It was then harmed again by the 740 Constantinople tremor on October 20, 740, around a half year before the passing of Leo III. The Sovereign Constantine V arranged the restorations and had its inside finished with mosaics and frescoes. A few reclamations from this time have made due to the present.
After the Ottoman triumph of Constantinople in 1453 by Mehmed II, the congregation was encased inside the walls of the Topkapi castle. The Janissaries involved the congregation as a stockpile (Cebehane) until 1826. It was likewise utilized as a stockroom for military hardware and store for prizes of arms and military formal attire taken by the Turks. During the rule of King Ahmet III (1703-1730) it was changed over into the Public Military Gallery in 1726.
In 1846, Marshal of the Royal Munititions stockpile, Ahmed Fethi Paşa, made the congregation a tactical collectibles museum. It was utilized as the Tactical Gallery from 1908 until 1978 when it was then gone over to the Turkish Service of Culture.
Today, the Hagia Irene serves chiefly as a show lobby for old style music exhibitions, because of its exceptional acoustic qualities and great climate. A considerable lot of the shows of the Istanbul Global Live performance have been held here each late spring beginning around 1980.
In 2000, the Turkish high fashion planner Faruk Saraçcreated an extraordinary show here. An assortment of 700 planned pieces enlivened by the Ottoman kings, including the robes of 36 rulers going from Osman Gazi, the pioneer behind the Ottoman Domain to the last king, Mehmed VI, were in plain view. The show was joined by music and the tale of the rulers' lives and exhibits of Ottoman-period moving.
For a long time, the Hagia Irene was just available during occasions or by extraordinary consent, however the exhibition hall has been available to the public consistently with the exception of Tuesday since January 2014.