The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, which is located in the Fatih district of Istanbul, is the first Turkish museum encompassing Turkish and Islamic art collectively.

The establishment works that have been started at the end of the 19th century have been completed in 1913 and the museum has been opened for visit in the soup kitchen building located in Süleymaniye Mosque complex, which is one of the most important works of Mimar Sinan, with the name of “Evkaf – ı İslamiyet Müzesi” (Islamic Foundations Museum). After the foundation of the Republic Of Turkey, it has taken the name “Turkish and Islamic Works Museum”.

The museum, which was located in the soup kitchen building of the Süleymaniye Complex for a long time, was moved to the Ibrahim Pasha Palace (16th century) in 1983, west of Sultanahmet Square.

Ibrahim Pasha Palace is the only private palace which is survived to the present day except the Sultan’s palaces. Ibrahim Pasha Palace, which is one of the most important samples of the 16th century Ottoman civil architecture, is on the stages of the historical hippodrome, the history of which goes back to the Roman Period.

In the rooms and halls, rare works of art created in different countries of the Islamic world are exhibited. Stone and terracotta, metal and ceramic objects, woodworking, glassware, hand writing books are the most valuable examples of the period.

In the wide glassed section where large halls are located, masterpieces of handcrafted Turkish carpets of 13-20 centuries are exhibited. Seljuk rugs and carpets from the 13th century and other items from the later centuries are being displayed in the museum. Downstairs of the carpet section is the ethnographic section where Turkish daily life and works of the last few centuries have been exhibited.

Visiting Information:

The museum is open for visitors every day. In the winter season (from October 3rd to April 14th) the museum can be visited between 9:00 – 17:00. In the summer season (from April 15th to October 2nd) the museum can be visited between 09:00 and 19:00. Admission fee to the museum is 35 Turkish Liras. Museum Pass Istanbul (185 Turkish Liras) is also being sold at the entrance of the museum.

Written by emreozmen

Blogger, traveller, car and aviation enthusiast living in Istanbul. Writing about automobiles on otomobiltavsiyesi.com and about Istanbul on 10thingstodoinistanbul.com

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