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St. Irene was the first church built by the Byzantines.While forming his new city, Constantine built a forum, a palace and a hippodrome in his name and in 330 he built the church of St. Irene where a Roman temple had previously existed.The name ‘’Hagia Irene’’ means ‘’Holy Peace’’.

St. Irene is the only Byzantine church remaining today which has an atrium.Since 1973 it has played host to many important cultural events.Today, it is used as a concert hall.

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