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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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Interesting collection.

This museum is not too big, and very centrally located, so could be covered in an hour or to. I'd read that the cafe had a great view - it does, but there was no drinks/food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This museum is not too big, and very centrally located, so could be covered in an hour or to. I'd read that the cafe had a great view - it does, but there was no drinks/food service when I was there. Exhibits include the beard of Mohammad.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This museum displays many examples of weaving in ancient times. The oriental rug displays are particularly impressive. It is easy to walk by this museum. It is just North of the Hipodrome, and well worth the time spent visiting it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I went to this museum, one of the great museums of Islamic civilization in the world, for the first time after the (almost-)completion of the renovations, and I was very impressed. Both the display of their treasures and the entire space have improved dramatically - and I even liked the old, more run-down version. Ibrahim Pasha's palace is anyway magnificent,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

After years of renovation this splendid museum presents the excavated remains of the tiered seating for the Hippodrome, then upstairs preserves gems of calligraphy, map-making, scientific instruments, carpets, tiles, metal-work and embroidery. One section is devoted to the relics of the Prophet. The building itself is light and airy with great views of the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. Well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

this is a newly renovated museum. It has lots of Islamic documents. you can see how arabic calligraphy changed through time. this is a recomended place to visit. By the way this place is the house of Ibrahum Pasha the grand vezir of suleiman the great

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We hadn't planned this visit and we were so pleased to find this wonderful museum. We particularly liked the use of space, the layout of exhibits. The illustrated manuscripts are wonderful. For me the information about the Hipodrome was the highlight. It was free entry with the Museum Card so great value.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Finally reopened after what seemed like years of renovations the museum space has been well worth the wait. Not yet crowded, so it's possible to view the collection in a leisurely way. Excellent collection of old Qu'ran, a wide range of ceramics and a temporary exhibition of carpets were the highlights

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My wife and I visited on a dreary May Sunday PM. The museum is located on Sultanhamet Square. Tickets cost 20 TL per person with the museum not offering a senior discount. Restrooms are only offered on the main floor and two tiny elevators offer limited service to the upper floor. Views across the hippodrome allow good photos of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My wife and I came here to make our Museum Pass worthwhile. We expected there to be a lot of people, so we arrived pretty early. We were wrong haha. I would say there were a dozen people at most. The content is good. Mainly caligraphy and carpetry. Nothing that really wowed me, but a nice collection overall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Visited May 2015. First museum visited in Turkey, was able to develop a basic understanding of Turkish and Islamic history. Historical Qur'an was very intriguing, accompanied by some wonderful glassware and artifacts. Found this museum peaceful and easy to go at your own pace. Would recommend 1.5 hours approx.

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