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Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art - Istanbul, Turkey
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rikitan
N 41° 00.375 E 028° 58.505
35T E 666096 N 4541329
Quick Description: Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (built 1524) is housed in the former palace of Ibrahim Pasa. Today, the museum contains exquisite examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, and rugs, as well as ethnographic displays (Turkic nomadic life).
Location: Turkey
Date Posted: 3/22/2015 8:02:38 AM
Waymark Code: WMNJ8Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art

Built in 1524, the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is housed in the former palace of Ibrahim Pasa, the grand vizier to Süleyman the Magnificent. The palace is truly spectacular and impressive, and it was even more so in its heyday.

Before being converted into a museum, this remarkable palace served as a prison, a home for foreign ambassadors, a clothing factory, and a barracks. Today, the museum contains exquisite examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, and rugs, as well as ethnographic displays, such as dioramas of Turkic nomadic life. Its carpet collection is rated as one of the best in the world, and attracts serious history buffs and carpet enthusiasts.

In the main section of the museum, you will see treasures from the palaces of the Abbasid caliphates from Baghdad and Samarra, including colorful mosaics and a fresco depicting two slave girls dancing, as well as a splendid door rescued from the Great Mosque in Cizre (south-eastern Turkey), dating back to 1155. Add to that some Selçuk pieces and some fine “Miletus” ceramics (actually made in Iznik), and you have an excellent collection that is not to be missed.

sources: theguideistanbul.com, own visit and pictures

Name: Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art

Location:
At Meydanı No. 46 Sultanahmet, Istanbul


Phone Number: (0212) 518 18 05

Agency/Ownership: Public

Hours of operation:
April-October) 9:00am-7:00pm; (November-March) Daily 9:00am-5:00pm; Mondays closed


Admission Fee: 10 TL

Cafe/Restaurant: no

Web Site: Not listed

Gift Shop: Not Listed

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