Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum, Istanbul

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Meydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi 44, Sultanahmet +90 (212) 518 1805

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    Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

    by MalenaN Updated Sep 27, 2004

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    I liked this museum very much because it exhibits Turkish and Islamic artefacts from different periods and regions. There are wonderful carpets, old woodwork, metalwork and old Korans. There is also an ethnographic section downstairs with “dolls” dressed in traditional cloths and a yurt (a nomadic tent). Around Turkey I have enjoyed many museums like this, showing artefacts and traditional life in Ottoman Turkey.

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    Carpet Heaven

    by danchatman Written Apr 8, 2004

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    It's sometimes tough to compare museums - admittedly, New York has some great museums, and the Islamic collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is outstanding, so perhaps I'm a little spoiled.
    The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts was one of the most impressive museums I visited in Istanbul, and the collection is well worth seeing. The highlight: the gallery of carpets. They're hung side by side, surrounding a large room. It's impressive (and they won't try to sell you one!)

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    Museum of Turkish and Islamic Works

    by Arkeolog Written Apr 1, 2009

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    The palace of Ibrahim Pasha houses the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Works. During the Ottoman centuries, the palace served as the loggia for the sultan during imperial ceremonials in the Horse Square, such as circumcision feasts and military parades. Now functioning as a museum, the structure seems still to hold many secrets from the past. The museum provides an ideal outdoor setting for a cup of Turkish coffee while overlooking the Hippodrome through a wooden lattice. The beautiful minarets of the mosque seem to replicate and echo the vertical shafts of the obelisks.

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    The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts is a very interesting museum located near the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul's Sultanahmet neighborhood. Located in the 16th century palace of Ibrahim Pasa, Museum houses an excellent collection of decorative items, most of which are from the Selcuk and Ottomon Turkish empires. Highlights include illuminated manuscripts, calligraphy, decorative swords and daggers, ceramics, jewelry, and the museum's excellent collection of antique carpets. There are also a small number of Byzantine religious items on display, as well as some items from nearby Islamic regions.

    Downstairs, underneath the main section of the museum, is a small ethnographic museum that is great for children. It contains a series of rooms that are decorated as they would have been during various eras of the region's history. Within each room, there are also mannequins dressed in period costume.

    One of the museum's illuminated manuscripts An antique carpet Another beautiful item in the collection A very fancy work of calligraphy A room in the ethnographic section of the museum
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    rugs:))))))

    by angelochka Written Sep 7, 2006

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    museum is situated in the palace of Ibrahim Pasa built approx.1520
    most interesting islamic artefacts are exhibited on 2nd floor, which includes pottery, ceramic, unglazed ware , metalwork, Koran
    manuscripts, but i was most impessed by the rugs, finest in the museum collection and by wooden doors, window shutters with very complicated ornaments on it

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    The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

    by Paul2001 Updated Apr 20, 2005

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    The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts is located in the 16th century palace of Ibrahim Pasa who was a close friend and adviser to the Sultan Suleyman. It is a great place to get somekind of idea of the splendor that the Sultans of the Ottomans lived in.
    From outside the palace seems rather plain but inside is a strong collection of Turkish and Islamic artifacts that include large exhibits of ceramics, carpets, glasswork and calligraphy. There are also ethnographpic exhibits depicting life during the Ottoman Empire. I visited the palace after a very long day of touristing the sites of Istanbul and was very tired so my attention span was more than a little short but still I thought that this was a very good museum. However if you are limited in time while in Istanbul, I would not rate this as a must see however if you are interested in Islamic decorative arts then by all means go. This is the strongest collection outside of Topkapi.
    The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. A visit cost about $2.00US.

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    Turkish&Islamic Arts Museum !

    by 80-bettyboo Written Feb 17, 2003

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    Built in 1524 by Ibrahim Pasa, grand Vizier of Suleyman the Magnificient, it was the grandest private residence ever built in the Ottoman Empire. It is now used as a museum for many beautiful Turkish and Persian miniatures, Seljuk tiles, Korans and antique carpets.( some of the oldest carpets in thw world )
    Open everyday except Monday..

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    TURKISHand ISLAMIC ART MUSEUM: brief on the east

    by smeagol13 Updated Apr 17, 2007

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    the Turkish and Islamic Arts' Museum is located next to the Blue Mosque in Sulanahmet Square. it demonstrates the historical flow of arts from the very early Turkish-Islamic states to the last ages of Ottoman Empire.

    the items include clothes, kitchen instruments, wood carving items, stone crafting, jewels, ceramics, even some doors of old mosques and many other things; and the museum is really successful in giving an idea to a traveller about the Turkish and Islamic arts.

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    Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 8, 2008

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    Over 40000 items are on display in the former palace of Ibrahiam Pasa, the most gifted of Sülyeman's many grand viziers.
    The collection was begun in the 19th century and ranges from the earliest period of Islam through to modern times. Each room concentrates on a different chronological period or geographical area of the Islamic world.

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    by WulfstanTraveller Written Feb 19, 2009

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    This is an excellent museum in Sultanahmet, right on the Hippodrome/At Meydani across from Sultanahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque). The large building is 16th-century palace of Ibrahim Pasa, a powerful Ottoman official and Grand Vizier to Suleyman I (kanuni - the law-giver, or "the Magnificent" to western Europeans).

    The museum has a nice colelction of just what it says, with heavy emphasis on the Turkic world, especially Anatolian Turkish art like Seljuk and Ottoman, as well as a very impressive collection of old Turkish and Persian carpets, some very large and some very old.

    The museum is also interesting for the building. It is rare for Istanbul in that it is an old palace of an Ottoman official other than one of the many imperial palaces of the sultans and their families. Moreover, Ibrahim Pasa was a very important figure in Suleiman's reign and very famous to students of Ottoman history. Finally, the balcony overlooking At Meydani gives some nices views of the area.

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    Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

    by mightywease Written Nov 7, 2006

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    Housed in an old palace overlooking the Hippodrome the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts charts the history, influences and changes in Islamic Art through the use of pottery, tiles, artefacts, calligraphy, glass and metal work, manuscripts and friezes.

    There are some wonderful exhibits, especially the beautiful calligraphy and decorated manuscripts, vibrantly coloured tiles and also the exquisite, elaborate pins and brooches used to decorate turbans.

    The later galleries and the Main Ceremonial Hall contain one of the world’s foremost collection of antique carpets. The exhibition explains the different types of carpets and how some styles are named after certain artists i.e. Holbein, because they were featured in paintings by those artists. In the west Turkish carpets were so prized that they were used as table coverings rather than on the floor, thus showing the wealth of those who owned them.

    The museum also has an Ethnographical Section which includes a reconstruction of a traditional Yurt dwelling and also details of how natural dyes are made from such things as plants, dried flowers and even crushes insects.

    All the exhibits are well displayed with descriptions in Turkish and English There is a lot to take in however the museum also has a lovely tea room where you can refresh your senses and feet and, in summer, sit out on the terrace with beautiful views over the Blue Mosque.

    Open: Tue-Sun. 9.00am-4.30pm

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    Museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 1, 2010

    This excellent museum looks over the Hippodrome and is well worth a visit. Constructed in 1524, the building was formerly the palace of Ibrahim Pasha, who was the first grand vizier to Suleiman the Magnificent.

    The collection includes notable examples from the Ottoman (14th to 20th centuries),
    Seljuk (11th to 13th centuries), and earlier periods beginning in the 8th century of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, manuscripts, and one of the world's best collections of carpets. There's also ethnographic displays on various cultures in Turkey, particularly nomad groups (see next tip).

    Open: 9am-4.30pm Tue-Sun. Admission: TL10.

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    Ethnography

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 1, 2010

    The museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts has a very good ethnography section that includes a fully-furnished nomads' tent, a 19th-century Ottoman parlour and other rooms.

    Open: 9am-4.30pm Tue-Sun. Admission: TL10.

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    turkish and islamic arts museum

    by El_Mexicano Written Mar 16, 2006

    When I'm travelling, i don't like to spend half a day in a museum, i'd rather see something else or just walking trough the streets, but this museum it's very interesting, and worth a visit , you'll find a lot of antique art from anatolia and other parts of the islamic world.
    it' won't take a lot of your time either, also there is a small cafe where you can enjoy cay or a turkish coffe.

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    Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

    by traveloturc Written Jun 21, 2013

    Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum” is the first museum exhibited works Turkish art and Islamic art together. The museum started to be built at the end of the 1800s and finished in 1913. Also it was built by the most important architect, Sinan and opened in the soup kitchen of Süleymaniye Complex in 1914. Its name was “Evkaf-I Islamiye Museum” which means of “Islamic Foundations Museum”, after the declaration of the republic, the name of “Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum” was given.
    In 1983, “Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum” was transferred to the Ibrahim Pasha Palace, today’s place, from the soup kitchen of Süleymaniye Complex. Ibrahim Pasha Palace was under the restoration from year 1966 to 1983, and it has become to be able to host of “Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum”.
    The palace was gifted to Ibrahim Pasha known as also “Pargalı Ibrahim”, the great vizier of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent for thirteen years. The exact purpose of construction of the palace isn’t known but it was used by Pashas, grand Viziers after the death of Ibrahim Pasha.
    Turkish and Islamic Museum has won many awards by various international institutions and organizations in 1984 and 1985. The museum maintains the world’s most private collection which includes in forty thousand works.
    Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Carpet Collection
    The museum has the world’s richest collection of carpet art. For many years, the museum has been called as “Carpet Museum”. Unique Seljuk carpets, rugs and carpets belonging to the years of 1400s, carpets produced in Anatolia and in Europe in 1600s known as also “Holbein Carpet” are the finest parts of the collection. Many scientists who study on the art of carpet are flocking to the museum all over the world.
    Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Department of Manuscripts and Calligraphy
    The Manuscript Qurans form the large portion of department. It can be regarded as the peak point of the calligraphy arts with the manuscript Miraculous Qurans.
    Except for the manuscript Miraculous Qurans, many books with or without pictures can be discovered by the visitors in the museum.
    In addition, berats and edicts written by Ottoman Sultans with their Alia State seals are among the works which must be seen.
    If a person visits the Turkish Calligraphy Art Museum and “the Manuscripts and Calligraphy department of Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum”, he will absolutely have profound knowledge about the history of the art.
    Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Department of Wood Carving
    The department constitutes of the most important part of wood arts collection belonging to the 9th and 10th centuries. These works also belong to the Anatolian Seljuk Empire and all of them are worth seeing.
    Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Stone Art Section
    Types of tombstones portraying the figures of legendary beings and stones inscriptions written by many different civilizations since the 17th century are the most important samples of stone arts.
    Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Department of Ceramic and Glass
    The most beautiful works of the “ceramic” found in archaeological excavations in the first quarter of the 20th century are exhibited in the section.
    Glass arts, niche, wall tiles and mosaic samples used for Konya Kılıçaslan Palace during the period of Anatolian Seljuk State are also exhibited in the museum.
    Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, the Department of Mines Arts
    Unique works of the Great Seljuk and Anatolian Seljuk Empires are exhibited in the museum. In addition these, the Ottoman metal arts such as tombac, the crest, bath metal, tombacs of Cizre can be seen in the museum.
    Works belongings to the most recent dates are exhibited in the section of the museum.

    Visiting Days and Hours of Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
    The museum is open every day except Mondays between hours of 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and it can be visited in return 5 TL. Museumcard and Museumcard+ owners don’t pay any fees when visiting the museum.
    You should visit the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in order to achieve comprehensive information about life styles of Turks’ ancestors.

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