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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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After Renovation work, TIEM

TIEM has been under restoration and renovation for a long while and I got the time to visit it again recently … There are nice edition to it. Some underground structures unearthed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

TIEM has been under restoration and renovation for a long while and I got the time to visit it again recently … There are nice edition to it. Some underground structures unearthed and they all look good… Some new architectural features NOT badly melted into this old building.. The work seems to be still going on since some sections are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This compact museum, located on the Hippodrome, is housed in a beautiful historic palace and offers great views of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. It contains examples of pottery, writings (mainly the Koran), religious artifacts, and prayer rugs. It was recently renovated and is well designed for a visitor. A display of Turkish homes in the lower level was... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

It is nice the way they could summarize in a honest way the history of Islam. The relics section is nice and the letters in old and sophisticated arabic really beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

So happy we decided to go here. Beautifully renovated palace with modern architectural elements. Very good artifacts from all eras and presented nicely and creatively. Amazing Koran collection, many dating back to the beginning is Islam. Worth it!! If you like historic artifacts and beautiful things, this could be 1.5 to 2 hours.

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Dehesa de Campoamor, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

There were a few artefacts, pots, mirrors, huge doors, rugs etc and a very large collection of Koran in many shapes and sizes, and some very old papers and scrolls. It was laid out in such a way that you really did not know which way round you were supposed to go. Also the first part on the left as... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

From the outside it does not look very interesting, we went in because of the cold wine, a good decision, the exhibits were interesting with information in Turkish and English, the designers of the museum and the exhibits have used a lot of glass and imagination, I plan to return when the sun is shining.

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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Very small exposition. Half of it - Korans from different areas and times. Nice location, 20 likes entrance, nice souvenir shop, I am not impressed in total

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Our visit was after the renovation. The building is wonderful, and from the first floor there's a great view of the blue mosque. There's a yard which I believe will be great to sit at with warm weather. You can enter with the museum card. The arts objects are mostly calligraphied versions of the Qoran from different times and regions,... More 

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Barcelona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This museum is on the Hippodrome, opposite the Blue Mosque. It was originally built as from 1523, for Süleyman the Magnificent's grand vizier (and brother-in-law) Ibrahim Pasa (originally a Greek slave!). After years of restoration, the museum opened in 1983. When we went there were not many visitors although it is so central. There's a pleasant courtyard with an impressive... More 

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Albany, New York, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

may be good but the amounts of displayed articles is so small. Feel a little disappointed, especially for a 20tl fee which is so high for so little stuffs. although some of the things displayed here do have significant historical meanings to the islam world or a tourist.

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