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Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)

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Address: At Meydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi No:44 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 2125181805
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum showcases Islamic calligraphy, tiles...
The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum showcases Islamic calligraphy, tiles and rugs and recreates rooms or dwellings from Turkish cultures, particularly nomadic groups.
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The museum is an excellent collection of Islamic artifacts which helps westerners (like us) to understand Islam. Early in the exhibits there are sections to outline different... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

i could not have known about this had i not been walking at the Hippodrome. Because of Ramadan festivities, the entrance was blocked by temporary shops and on the website, it said closed but our plans went a bit awry on Monday morning and we were walking into Sultanahmet when i saw it was open. The guards were friendly and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

If you love history - then you will marvel at their collection of artifacts! Everything was beautifully displayed - almost transports you back in time!

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Islamabad, Pakistan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The musuem occupies the so - called Ibrahim Pasha saray (palace) on the spot of the former hippodrome, just across the Blue Mosque. The bulding was recently reopened after a long renovation. The result is a spectacular saray with and even better courtyard overlooking the blue mosque. I enjoyed spending time there and reflecting on the importance of the saray... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I visited this museum in 2009 and afterwards it was closed for renovations and reopened this year and what a wonderful improvement. This gem of a museum is located on the Hippodrome opposite the Blue Mosque. The building was constructed in 1524 and was the home of a grand vizier. The outside and inside was renovated and the architecture of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Initially we had only decided to visit this newly reopened museum to maximise the benefits of purchasing the Museum Pass. We also sort of stumble into it while strolling in the large square to the left of Blue Mosque. The museum, on the day of our visit had very little visitors which was a shame as the museum has very... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The entry fee was 20 lira and we happily paid this with a particular interest in seeing the Turkish carpet and ethnography sections of the museum. However, it turned out that the carpet display was free to anyone and the ethnography section had not reopened after the recent renovations. As the rest of fhe museum had poor English signage, we... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The museum is an excellent collection of Islamic artifacts which helps westerners (like us) to understand Islam. Early in the exhibits there are sections to outline different periods of the Ottoman empire. Many ancient Korans were on display. In a section called "Sacred relics" there were belongings and items from the Prophet Mohammed including his footprint and beard trimmings. There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This museum rewards those who have a little extra time up their sleeve. Go at a time when you are not suffering from 'museum/mosque fatigue' and are in the mood to linger, actually reading all the information boards and checking out the displays. Basically this museum is a well laid out, well thought out attraction that has a range of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We really enjoyed this museum as it is the perfect size to keep you interested but without overwhelming you with 'stuff and more stuff' (just enough caligraphy and rugs). The building itself is a quiet oasis after the madness of the surrounding area. Highlights for us were the animated cartoons based on old paintings and don't miss the excavation of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

well exhibited, and a lot of other turkish art. Among the many attractions of Istanbul, this can escape, but wrongly; although currently only open in part, the section on the carpet is among the most siglificative of the world, and very well built, allowing you to see almost all good; also beautiful ceramics and other works of art (Korans, metalwork).... More 

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Address: Address: At Meydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi No:44 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 2125181805
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul

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